A contribution to the taxonomy of the Agrostis mertensii-flaccida complex (Poaceae) in Japan

Journal of Plant Research (Impact Factor: 1.82). 05/1975; 88(2):65-87. DOI: 10.1007/BF02491243


Morphological, cytological and field observations on 20 populations of theAgrostis mertensii-flaccida complex were reported. The plants were found to be diploid, tetraploid, hexaploid, septaploid or octoploid with a basic chromosome
number of x=7. The diploids were most wide-spread and diverse in habitat and morphology. The tetraploids were discovered in
3 sites in Hokkaido. The hexaploids and octoploids occurred on various mountains in central and northern Honshu as well as
in some of Hokkaido. A septaploid plant was found on Mts. Daisetsu. Pollen studies showed that diploid and tetraploid plants
had smaller grains when compared with those of the hexaploids and the octoploids. The diploids, though variable in morphology
and ecology, seemed to belong to a taxon which was more or less deviated morphologically from the diploid or tetraploid taxa
growing outside Japan. The tetraploids were indistinguishable morphologically from the diploids. The hexaploids in Honshu,
which were clearly different from the hexaploids in Hokkaido in morphology, possessed unique spikelet features. The majority
of the octoploids were found to be distinct from the diploids and the tetraploids in the length ratio of anther/lemma. Some
morphological “marker” features which distinguished between the diploids and the octoploids were observed for all of their
sympatric populations, though such “marker” traits varied according to the localities. The taxonomic and evolutionary relationships
between these Japanese entities and the taxa growing outside Japan were discussed. In conclusion, setting aside some plants
which require further investigations, the Japanese plants concerned were arranged into 3 species:Agrostis flaccida Hack., including 2X and 4X together with 3X previously reported;A. tateyamensis Tateoka, sp. nov., implying 6X in Honshu;A. mertensii Trin. including 8X. A description ofA. tateyamensis was given.

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    ABSTRACT: Populations of theAgrostis flaccida-mertensii complex in Hokkaido were examined as part of the taxonomic study of this complex, which has a wide range and comprises a polyploid series of 2x–8x (x=7). The principal aim was to clarify the taxonomic status of hexaploids growing in Hokkaido. Field explorations were made in the mountains and on the coasts in Hokkaido, and the materials were gathered from 19 localities. The occurrence of four cytotypes (2x, 4x, 6x, 8x), as well as some triploids and septaploids, of this complex in Hokkaido was confirmed, and the ranges of respective cytotypes were delineated. Morphological examinations showed that diploids, triploids and tetraploids are referable toAgrostis flaccida and octoploids toA. mertensii. The hexaploids of Hokkaido were morphologically different fromA. flaccida and also from the related hexaploid species,A. tateyamensis, distributed in Honshu. The hexaploids were quite similar to octoploidA. mertensii in all the morphological features examined and also in habitat preference. Septaploids were sterile hybrids between hexaploids and octoploids. A conclusion was drawn that the hexaploid plant of Hokkaido should be grouped with the octoploid in one and the same species,Agrostis mertensii Trin.Agrostis mertensii in this amended sense is discussed from a cytogeographical viewpoint.
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