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Heredity (Edinb). 2001 Nov;87(Pt 5):566-72.

Genetic differentiation between mallee and tree forms in the Eucalyptus loxophleba complex.

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Department of Botany, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6917, Australia.


The Eucalyptus loxophleba complex comprises two tree taxa (E. loxophleba ssp. loxophleba and ssp. supralaevis), two mallee taxa (E. loxophleba ssp. lissophloia and ssp. gratiae), and three rare mallee species, of which one, E. blaxellii, is included in this study. The genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships between the taxa, particularly in relation to habit, were assessed using anonymous nuclear RFLP loci. The level of diversity in the taxa was high and similar to that detected in other eucalypt species. The populations showed low differentiation at both the subspecies and the species levels. Phylogenetic relationships showed some genetic separation between the tree and mallee habit but no separation of the two taxa within the tree habit or within the mallee habit. The genetic analysis does not support the recognition of E. gratiae as a separate species. The geographically restricted E. blaxellii showed similar levels of diversity to populations of the other widespread taxa of E. loxophleba.

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