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A taxonomic review of Rubus L. (Rosaceae) in the Northern Iran based on the analysis of quantitative morphological characters

Somayeh Ataei-e Jaliseh, Iraj Mehregan, Alireza Tarang, Taher Nejadsattari

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.6(3), 113-120, March 2015

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The genus Rubus is highly variable and frequently occurring in Iran, particularly in North regions. It has a global distribution on all climates except the Antarctic region. Ten morphological quantitative characters in seven species of Rubus in N Iran were studied. Based on the UPGMA cluster analysis of quantitative characters, the similarity of individuals was measured from 0.04 to 1. Our results showed high morphological variation among the populations. The northern Iranian Rubus populations were segregated from each other based on analysis of the quantitative morphological data. Quantitative morphological characters of the species were variable in different climatic conditions. Two species i.e. R. sanctus and R. persicus showed high rate of morphological variability in comparison to other species. Our results indicates that the morphology does not reflect the high rate of hybridization in Rubus, which is frequently reported by other researchers.

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