EMBRYOPSIDA Pirani & Prado
Gametophyte dominant, independent, multicellular, initially ±globular, not motile, branched; showing gravitropism; acquisition of phenylalanine lysase* [PAL], flavonoid synthesis*, microbial terpene synthase-like genes +, triterpenoids produced by CYP716 enzymes, CYP73 and phenylpropanoid metabolism [development of phenolic network], xyloglucans in primary cell wall, side chains charged; plant poikilohydrous [protoplasm dessication tolerant], ectohydrous [free water outside plant physiologically important]; thalloid, leafy, with single-celled apical meristem, tissues little differentiated, rhizoids +, unicellular; chloroplasts several per cell, pyrenoids 0; glycolate metabolism in leaf peroxisomes [glyoxysomes]; centrioles/centrosomes in vegetative cells 0, microtubules with γ-tubulin along their lengths [?here], interphase microtubules form hoop-like system; metaphase spindle anastral, predictive preprophase band + [with microtubules and F-actin; where new cell wall will form], phragmoplast + [cell wall deposition centrifugal, from around the anaphase spindle], plasmodesmata +; antheridia and archegonia +, jacketed*, surficial; mblepharoplast +, centrioles develop de novo, bicentriole pair coaxial, separate at midpoint, centrioles rotate, associated with basal bodies of cilia, multilayered structure + [4 layers: L1, L4, tubules; L2, L3, short vertical lamellae] (0), spline + [tubules from L1 encircling spermatid], basal body 200-250 nm long, associated with amorphous electron-dense material, microtubules in basal end lacking symmetry, stellate array of filaments in transition zone extended, axonemal cap 0 [microtubules disorganized at apex of cilium]; male gametes [spermatozoids] with a left-handed coil, cilia 2, lateral; oogamy; sporophyte +*, multicellular, growth 3-dimensional*, cuticle +*, plane of first cell division transverse [with respect to long axis of archegonium/embryo sac], sporangium and upper part of seta developing from epibasal cell [towards the archegonial neck, exoscopic], with at least transient apical cell [?level], initially surrounded by and dependent on gametophyte, placental transfer cells +, in both sporophyte and gametophyte, wall ingrowths develop early; suspensor/foot +, cells at foot tip somewhat haustorial; sporangium +, single, terminal, dehiscence longitudinal; meiosis sporic, monoplastidic, MTOC [= MicroTubule Organizing Centre] associated with plastid, sporocytes 4-lobed, cytokinesis simultaneous, preceding nuclear division, quadripolar microtubule system +; wall development both centripetal and centrifugal, 1000 spores/sporangium, sporopollenin in the spore wall* laid down in association with trilamellar layers [white-line centred lamellae; tripartite lamellae]; plastid transmission maternal; nuclear genome [1C] <1.4 pg, main telomere sequence motif TTTAGGG, KNOX1 and KNOX2 [duplication] and LEAFY genes present, ethylene involved in cell elongation; chloroplast genome with close association between trnLUAA and trnFGAA genes [precursors for starch synthesis], tufA, minD, minE genes moved to nucleus; mitochondrial trnS(gcu) and trnN(guu) genes +.
Many of the bolded characters in the characterization above are apomorphies of more or less inclusive clades of streptophytes along the lineage leading to the embryophytes, not apomorphies of crown-group embryophytes per se.
All groups below are crown groups, nearly all are extant. Characters mentioned are those of the immediate common ancestor of the group,  contains explanatory material, () features common in clade, exact status unclear.
Sporophyte well developed, branched, branching dichotomous, potentially indeterminate; hydroids +; stomata on stem; sporangia several, terminal; spore walls not multilamellate [?here].
II. TRACHEOPHYTA / VASCULAR PLANTS
Sporophyte long lived, cells polyplastidic, photosynthetic red light response, stomata open in response to blue light; plant homoiohydrous [water content of protoplasm relatively stable]; control of leaf hydration passive; plant endohydrous [physiologically important free water inside plant]; PIN[auxin efflux facilitators]-mediated polar auxin transport; (condensed or nonhydrolyzable tannins/proanthocyanidins +); xyloglucans with side chains uncharged [?level], in secondary walls of vascular and mechanical tissue; lignins +; roots +, often ≤1 mm across, root hairs and root cap +; stem apex multicellular [several apical initials, no tunica], with cytohistochemical zonation, plasmodesmata formation based on cell lineage; vascular development acropetal, tracheids +, in both protoxylem and metaxylem, G- and S-types; sieve cells + [nucleus degenerating]; endodermis +; stomata numerous, involved in gas exchange; leaves +, vascularized, spirally arranged, blades with mean venation density ca 1.8 mm/mm2 [to 5 mm/mm2], all epidermal cells with chloroplasts; sporangia in strobili, sporangia adaxial, columella 0; tapetum glandular; sporophyte-gametophyte junction lacking dead gametophytic cells, mucilage, ?position of transfer cells; MTOCs not associated with plastids, basal body 350-550 nm long, stellate array in transition region initially joining microtubule triplets; archegonia embedded/sunken [only neck protruding]; embryo suspensor +, shoot apex developing away from micropyle/archegonial neck [from hypobasal cell, endoscopic], root lateral with respect to the longitudinal axis of the embryo [plant homorhizic].[MONILOPHYTA + LIGNOPHYTA]
Sporophyte growth ± monopodial, branching spiral; roots endomycorrhizal [with Glomeromycota], lateral roots +, endogenous; G-type tracheids +, with scalariform-bordered pits; leaves with apical/marginal growth, venation development basipetal, growth determinate; sporangium dehiscence by a single longitudinal slit; cells polyplastidic, MTOCs diffuse, perinuclear, migratory; blepharoplasts +, paired, with electron-dense material, centrioles on periphery, male gametes multiciliate; nuclear genome [1C] 7.6-10 pg [mode]; chloroplast long single copy ca 30kb inversion [from psbM to ycf2]; mitochondrion with loss of 4 genes, absence of numerous group II introns; LITTLE ZIPPER proteins.
Sporophyte woody; stem branching lateral, meristems axillary; lateral root origin from the pericycle; cork cambium + [producing cork abaxially], vascular cambium bifacial [producing phloem abaxially and xylem adaxially].
SEED PLANTS† / SPERMATOPHYTA†
Growth of plant bipolar [plumule/stem and radicle/root independent, roots positively geotropic]; plants heterosporous; megasporangium surrounded by cupule [i.e. = unitegmic ovule, cupule = integument]; pollen lands on ovule; megaspore germination endosporic [female gametophyte initially retained on the plant].
EXTANT SEED PLANTS
Plant evergreen; nicotinic acid metabolised to trigonelline, (cyanogenesis via tyrosine pathway); microbial terpene synthase-like genes 0; primary cell walls rich in xyloglucans and/or glucomannans, 25-30% pectin [Type I walls]; lignin chains started by monolignol dimerization [resinols common], particularly with guaiacyl and p-hydroxyphenyl [G + H] units [sinapyl units uncommon, no Maüle reaction]; roots often ≥1 mm across, stele diarch to pentarch, xylem and phloem originating on alternating radii, cork cambium deep seated; stem apical meristem complex [with quiescent centre, etc.], plasmodesma density in SAM 1.6-6.2[mean]/μm2 [interface-specific plasmodesmatal network]; eustele +, protoxylem endarch, endodermis 0; wood homoxylous, tracheids and rays alone, tracheid/tracheid pits circular, bordered; mature sieve tube/cell lacking functioning nucleus, sieve tube plastids with starch grains; phloem fibres +; cork cambium superficial; leaf nodes 1:1, a single trace leaving the vascular sympodium; leaf vascular bundles amphicribral; guard cells the only epidermal cells with chloroplasts, stomatal pore with active opening in response to leaf hydration, control by abscisic acid, metabolic regulation of water use efficiency, etc.; axillary buds +, exogenous; prophylls two, lateral; leaves with petiole and lamina, development basipetal, lamina simple; sporangia borne on sporophylls; spores not dormant; microsporophylls aggregated in indeterminate cones/strobili; grains monosulcate, aperture in ana- position [distal], primexine + [involved in exine pattern formation with deposition of sporopollenin from tapetum there], exine and intine homogeneous, exine alveolar/honeycomb; ovules with parietal tissue [= crassinucellate], megaspore tetrad linear, functional megaspore single, chalazal, sporopollenin 0; gametophyte ± wholly dependent on sporophyte, development initially endosporic [apical cell 0, rhizoids 0, etc.]; male gametophyte with tube developing from distal end of grain, male gametes two, developing after pollination, with cell walls; female gametophyte initially syncytial, walls then surrounding individual nuclei; embryo cellular ab initio, suspensor short-minute, embryonic axis straight [shoot and root at opposite ends], primary root/radicle produces taproot [= allorhizic], cotyledons 2; embryo ± dormant; chloroplast ycf2 gene in inverted repeat, trans splicing of five mitochondrial group II introns, rpl6 gene absent; ??whole nuclear genome duplication [ζ - zeta - duplication], 2C genome size (0.71-)1.99(-5.49) pg, two copies of LEAFY gene, PHY gene duplications [three - [BP [A/N + C/O]] - copies], 5.8S and 5S rDNA in separate clusters.
IID. ANGIOSPERMAE / MAGNOLIOPHYTA
Lignans, O-methyl flavonols, dihydroflavonols, triterpenoid oleanane, apigenin and/or luteolin scattered, [cyanogenesis in ANA grade?], lignin also with syringyl units common [G + S lignin, positive Maüle reaction - syringyl:guaiacyl ratio more than 2-2.5:1], hemicelluloses as xyloglucans; root cap meristem closed (open); pith relatively inconspicuous, lateral roots initiated immediately to the side of [when diarch] or opposite xylem poles; epidermis probably originating from inner layer of root cap, trichoblasts [differentiated root hair-forming cells] 0, hypodermis suberised and with Casparian strip [= exodermis]; shoot apex with tunica-corpus construction, tunica 2-layered; starch grains simple; primary cell wall mostly with pectic polysaccharides, poor in mannans; tracheid:tracheid [end wall] plates with scalariform pitting, multiseriate rays +, wood parenchyma +; sieve tubes enucleate, sieve plates with pores (0.1-)0.5-10< µm across, cytoplasm with P-proteins, not occluding pores of plate, companion cell and sieve tube from same mother cell; ?phloem loading/sugar transport; nodes 1:?; dark reversal Pfr → Pr; protoplasm dessication tolerant [plant poikilohydric]; stomata randomly oriented, brachyparacytic [ends of subsidiary cells ± level with ends of guard cells], outer stomatal ledges producing vestibule, reduction in stomatal conductance with increasing CO2 concentration; lamina formed from the primordial leaf apex, margins toothed, development of venation acropetal, overall growth ± diffuse, secondary veins pinnate, fine venation hierarchical-reticulate, (1.7-)4.1(-5.7) mm/mm2, vein endings free; flowers perfect, pedicellate, ± haplomorphic, protogynous; parts free, numbers variable, development centripetal; P = T, petal-like, each with a single trace, outer members not sharply differentiated from the others, not enclosing the floral bud; A many, filament not sharply distinguished from anther, stout, broad, with a single trace, anther introrse, tetrasporangiate, sporangia in two groups of two [dithecal], each theca dehiscing longitudinally by a common slit, ± embedded in the filament, walls with at least outer secondary parietal cells dividing, endothecium +, cells elongated at right angles to long axis of anther; tapetal cells binucleate; microspore mother cells in a block, microsporogenesis successive, walls developing by centripetal furrowing; pollen subspherical, tectum continuous or microperforate, ektexine columellate, endexine lamellate only in the apertural regions, thin, compact, intine in apertural areas thick, orbicules +, pollenkitt +; nectary 0; carpels present, superior, free, several, spiral, ascidiate [postgenital occlusion by secretion], stylulus at most short [shorter than ovary], hollow, cavity not lined by distinct epidermal layer, stigma ± decurrent, carinal, dry; suprastylar extragynoecial compitum +; ovules few [?1]/carpel, marginal, anatropous, bitegmic, micropyle endostomal, outer integument 2-3 cells across, often largely subdermal in origin, inner integument 2-3 cells across, often dermal in origin, parietal tissue 1-3 cells across, nucellar cap?; megasporocyte single, hypodermal, functional megaspore lacking cuticle; female gametophyte lacking chlorophyll, four-celled [one module, egg and polar nuclei sisters]; ovule not increasing in size between pollination and fertilization; pollen grains bicellular at dispersal, germinating in less than 3 hours, siphonogamy, pollen tube unbranched, growing towards the ovule, between cells, growth rate (20-)80-20,000 µm/hour, apex of pectins, wall with callose, lumen with callose plugs, penetration of ovules via micropyle [porogamous], whole process takes ca 18 hours, distance to first ovule 1.1-2.1 mm; male gametophytes tricellular, gametes 2, lacking cell walls, ciliae 0, double fertilization +, ovules aborting unless fertilized; fruit indehiscent, P deciduous; mature seed much larger than fertilized ovule, small [<5 mm long], dry [no sarcotesta], exotestal; endosperm +, ?diploid [one polar nucleus + male gamete], cellular, development heteropolar [first division oblique, micropylar end initially with a single large cell, divisions uniseriate, chalazal cell smaller, divisions in several planes], copious, oily and/or proteinaceous, embryo short [<¼ length of seed]; plastid and mitochondrial transmission maternal; Arabidopsis-type telomeres [(TTTAGGG)n]; nuclear genome [2C] (0.57-)1.45(-3.71) [1 pg = 109 base pairs], ??whole nuclear genome duplication [ε/epsilon event]; ndhB gene 21 codons enlarged at the 5' end, single copy of LEAFY and RPB2 gene, knox genes extensively duplicated [A1-A4], AP1/FUL gene, palaeo AP3 and PI genes [paralogous B-class genes] +, with "DEAER" motif, SEP3/LOFSEP and three copies of the PHY gene, [PHYB [PHYA + PHYC]]; chloroplast chlB, -L, -N, trnP-GGG genes 0.
[NYMPHAEALES [AUSTROBAILEYALES [[CHLORANTHALES + MAGNOLIIDS] [MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]]]]: wood fibres +; axial parenchyma diffuse or diffuse-in-aggregates; pollen monosulcate [anasulcate], tectum reticulate-perforate [here?]; ?genome duplication; "DEAER" motif in AP3 and PI genes lost, gaps in these genes.
[AUSTROBAILEYALES [[CHLORANTHALES + MAGNOLIIDS] [MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]]]: phloem loading passive, via symplast, plasmodesmata numerous; vessel elements with scalariform perforation plates in primary xylem; essential oils in specialized cells [lamina and P ± pellucid-punctate]; tension wood + [reaction wood: with gelatinous fibres, G-fibres, on adaxial side of branch/stem junction]; anther wall with outer secondary parietal cell layer dividing; tectum reticulate; nucellar cap + [character lost where in eudicots?]; 12BP [4 amino acids] deletion in P1 gene.
[[CHLORANTHALES + MAGNOLIIDS] [MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]] / MESANGIOSPERMAE: benzylisoquinoline alkaloids +; sesquiterpene synthase subfamily a [TPS-a] [?level], polyacetate derived anthraquinones + [?level]; outer epidermal walls of root elongation zone with cellulose fibrils oriented transverse to root axis; P more or less whorled, 3-merous [?here]; pollen tube growth intra-gynoecial; extragynoecial compitum 0; carpels plicate [?here]; embryo sac monosporic [spore chalazal], 8-celled, bipolar [Polygonum type], antipodal cells persisting; endosperm triploid.
[MONOCOTS [CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]]: (veins in lamina often 7-17 mm/mm2 or more [mean for eudicots 8.0]); (stamens opposite [two whorls of] P); (pollen tube growth fast).
[CERATOPHYLLALES + EUDICOTS]: ethereal oils 0 [or next node up]; fruit dry [very labile].
EUDICOTS: (Myricetin +), asarone 0 [unknown in some groups, + in some asterids]; root epidermis derived from root cap [?Buxaceae, etc.]; (vessel elements with simple perforation plates in primary xylem); nodes 3:3; stomata anomocytic; flowers (dimerous), cyclic; protandry common; K/outer P members with three traces, ("C" +, with a single trace); A ?, filaments fairly slender, anthers basifixed; microsporogenesis simultaneous, pollen tricolpate, apertures in pairs at six points of the young tetrad [Fischer's rule], cleavage centripetal, wall with endexine; G with complete postgenital fusion, stylulus/style solid [?here]; seed coat?
[PROTEALES [TROCHODENDRALES [BUXALES + CORE EUDICOTS]]]: (axial/receptacular nectary +).
[TROCHODENDRALES [BUXALES + CORE EUDICOTS]]: benzylisoquinoline alkaloids 0; euAP3 + TM6 genes [duplication of paleoAP3 gene: B class], mitochondrial rps2 gene lost.
[BUXALES + CORE EUDICOTS]: mitochondrial rps11 gene lost.
CORE EUDICOTS / GUNNERIDAE: (ellagic and gallic acids +); leaf margins serrate; compitum + [one position]; micropyle?; γ whole nuclear genome duplication [palaeohexaploidy, gamma triplication], x = 3 x 7 = 21, 2C genome size (0.79-)1.05(-1.41) pg, PI-dB motif +; small deletion in the 18S ribosomal DNA common.
[ROSIDS ET AL. + ASTERIDS ET AL.] / PENTAPETALAE: root apical meristem closed; (cyanogenesis also via [iso]leucine, valine and phenylalanine pathways); flowers rather stereotyped: 5-merous, parts whorled; P = K + C, K enclosing the flower in bud, with three or more traces, C with single trace; A = 2x K/C, in two whorls, internal/adaxial to C, alternating, (numerous, but then usually fasciculate and/or centrifugal); pollen tricolporate; G [(3, 4) 5], whorled, placentation axile, style +, stigma not decurrent, compitum + [another position]; endosperm nuclear; fruit dry, dehiscent, loculicidal [when a capsule]; floral nectaries with CRABSCLAW expression.
[SANTALALES [BERBERIDOPSIDALES [CARYOPHYLLALES + ASTERIDAE]]] / ASTERIDS ET AL. / SUPERASTERIDS : ?
[BERBERIDOPSIDALES [CARYOPHYLLALES + ASTERIDAE]]: ?
[CARYOPHYLLALES + ASTERIDAE]: seed exotestal; embryo long.
ASTERIDAE / ASTERANAE Takhtajan: nicotinic acid metabolised to its arabinosides; (iridoids +); tension wood decidedly uncommon; C enclosing A and G in bud, (connate [sometimes evident only early in development, petals then appearing to be free]); anthers dorsifixed?; if nectary +, gynoecial; G , style single, long; ovules unitegmic, integument thick [5-8 cells across], endothelium +, nucellar epidermis does not persist; exotestal [!: even when a single integument] cells lignified, esp. on anticlinal and/or inner periclinal walls; endosperm cellular.
[ERICALES [LAMIIDAE/ASTERID I + CAMPANULIDAE/ASTERID II]]: ovules lacking parietal tissue [= tenuinucellate] (present).
[LAMIIDAE/ASTERID I + CAMPANULIDAE/ASTERID II] / CORE ASTERIDS / EUASTERIDS / GENTIANIDAE: plants woody, evergreen; ellagic acid 0, non-hydrolysable tannins not common; vessel elements long, with scalariform perforation plates; nodes 3:3; sugar transport in phloem active; inflorescence usu. basically cymose; flowers rather small [<8 mm across]; C free or basally connate, valvate, often with median adaxial ridge and inflexed apex ["hooded"]; A = and opposite K/P, free to basally adnate to C; G [#?]; ovules 2/carpel, apical, pendulous; fruit a drupe, stone ± flattened, surface ornamented; seed single; duplication of the PI gene.
ASTERID I / LAMIIDAE: ?
[METTENIUSALES [GARRYALES [GENTIANALES, VAHLIALES, SOLANALES, BORAGINALES, LAMIALES]]]: ?
[GARRYALES [GENTIANALES, VAHLIALES, SOLANALES, BORAGINALES, LAMIALES]]: G , superposed; loss of introns 18-23 in RPB2 gene d copy [?level].
[GENTIANALES, VAHLIALES, SOLANALES, BORAGINALES, LAMIALES]: (herbaceous habit widespread); (8-ring deoxyflavonols +); vessel elements with simple perforation plates; nodes 1:1; C forming a distinct tube, initiation late [sampling!]; A epipetalous; (vascularized) nectary at base of G; style long; several ovules/carpel; fruit a septicidal capsule, K persistent.
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. For the complex patterns of variation in a number of characters in this part of the tree, see the Gentianales page.
Phylogeny. For the relationships of Solanales, see discussion under Gentianales.
SOLANALES Berchtold & J. Presl - Main Tree
O-methyl flavonols (flavones) +, myricetin 0; inflorescence terminal; K connate; A adnate to C; anther sacs with placentoids; pollen tube usu. with callose; endosperm development?, chalazal endosperm haustorium +. - 5 families, 165 genera, 4,145 species.
Note: In all node characterizations, boldface denotes a possible apomorphy, (....) denotes a feature the exact status of which in the clade is uncertain, [....] includes explanatory material; other text lists features found pretty much throughout the clade. Note that the particular node to which many characters, particularly the more cryptic ones, should be assigned is unclear. This is partly because homoplasy is very common, in addition, basic information for all too many characters is very incomplete, frequently coming from taxa well embedded in the clade of interest and so making the position of any putative apomorphy uncertain. Then there are the not-so-trivial issues of how character states are delimited and ancestral states are reconstructed (see above).
Age. Crown-group Solanales may date from (82-)78, 76(-72) Ma (Wikström et al. 2001) or (102-)90(-75) Ma (Wikström et al. 2015); Bremer et al. (2004) date them to ca 100 Ma, Tank and Olmstead (2017) to (110.1-)93.6(-78.9) Ma, and Lemaire et al. (2011b) to (93-)71(-50) Ma, Nylinder et al. (2012: suppl.) suggest ages of around 87.7 and 85.4 Ma, Magallón et al. (2015) ages of around 79.2 Ma, Magallón and Castillo (2009) ca 73 Ma, and Bell et al. (2010) suggest ages of (85-)76, 71(-62) Ma.
Phylogeny. Within Solanales, Montiniaceae were found to be sister to [Solanaceae + Convolvulaceae] (B. Bremer 1996, see also Soltis & Soltis 1997). D. Soltis et al. (2000) found strong support for the association of Montinia and Hydrolea; Sphenoclea was not included. With the inclusion of the latter and broader sampling (all three genera) in Montiniaceae, B. Bremer et al. (2002) found strong support for the association of Sphenoclea and Hydrolea, but only just above 50% for the association of Montiniaceae with that pair; support was stronger in Soltis et al. (2011); see also Refulio-Rodriguez and Olmstead (2014). The topology of the tree here follows that of these latter papers.
Includes Convolvulaceae, Hydroleaceae, Montiniaceae, Solanaceae, Sphenocleaceae.
Synonymy: Cestrales Martius, Convolvulales Berchtold & J. Presl, Cuscutales Martius, Hydroleales Martius, Nolanales Lindley, Sphenocleales Doweld
[Montiniaceae [Sphenocleaceae + Hydroleaceae]]: route I secoiridoids +; petiole bundle(s) arcuate; stigma ± capitate.
Age. The age of this node is estimated to be (79-)65, 61(-47) Ma (Bell et al. 2010), ca 63.2 Ma (Tank et al. 2015), (71-)66, 65(-60) Ma (Wikström et al. 2001), ca 72 Ma (Magallón et al. 2015), (94-)78(-58) Ma (Wikström et al. 2015), (102.2-)83.2(-60.8) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.) and ca 92 Ma (Bremer et al. (2004).
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. Not a very diverse clade (Tank et al. 2015; Magallón et al. 2018).
The character "pits vestured" may be best placed at this node.
MONTINIACEAE Nakai - Back to Solanales
Shrubs, trees (lianes); plants with a peppery smell; iridioids +, tannin slight; cambium storied or not; pits vestured; young stem with a vascular cylinder (separate bundles); (medullary bundles +); pericyclic fibres 0; crystal sand, acicular crystals and styloids usu. all +; nodes 1:1-11; petiole arc of (rounded) bundles (+ additional strands); axillary tuft of usu. uniseriate hairs at nodes; (stomata anisocytic - some Grevea); leaves also opposite; inflorescence cymose, (carpellate flowers single, terminal), bracteoles 0; flowers imperfect, small; C free [absolutely so - Montinia], (valvate); nectary +, vascularized; staminate flowers: 3-4(-5)-merous; A free, anthers basifixed/dorsifixed, becoming extrorse, filaments short; pollen grains (large), surface reticulate, with supratectal granules; pistillode minute; carpellate flowers: 4-merous; (C 0 - Kaliphora), staminodes + (0); ovary (semi)inferior, placentation intrusive parietal-subaxile, style short, stout, hollow, stigma with 2 large lobes, (style branched, stigma commissural, not capitate - Kaliphora); ovules 1-12/carpel, (campylotropous, apotropous - Kaliphora), integument ca 7 cells across, parietal tissue ca 1 cell across, suprachalazal tissue slight [Montinia]; fruit a capsule; seeds winged, exotesta lignified, periclinal walls thickened, (adjacent wall of mesotesta also thickened [Montinia)]; or ?drupe, placentae at least initially fleshy; testa thin-walled, ± pulpy when wetted, exotesta not persistent [Grevea]; or drupe, 2-seeded [Kaliphora]; endosperm +/0, ?development, hemicellulosic, walls thick, layered, cotyledons accumbent, foliaceous; cotyledonary petioles connate [Montinia]; n = 16 [Kaliphora], 34 [Montinia].
3 [list]/5. Africa and Madagascar (map: from Milne-Redhead & Metcalfe 1955; Verdcourt 1975; Bosser 1990; Brummit 2007: C. and W. Africa). [Photos - Kaliphora, Montinia Fruits © Serban Procheŝ.]
Age. The age of crown-group Montiniaceae is around 42 Ma (Bremer et al. (2004), (60-)40(-23) Ma (Wikström et al. 2015) or (63.6-)38(-14.3) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Pericyclic fibres are poorly developed in Kaliphora, ?others; Grevea has vascular bundles in the pith. The axillary tufts of hairs are least well developed in Kaliphora. Kaliphora is anisophyllous, and the leaves are subopposite; successive leaves may be borne on the same side of the stem. The pollen (Hideux & Ferguson 1976) is rather like that of some Araliaceae.
See Milne-Redhead and Metcalfe (1955) and Ronse de Craene (2016), both general, Hegnauer (1973, 1990, as Saxifragaceae) for chemistry, Dahlgren et al. (1977) for germination and iridoids, Ramamonjiarisoa (1980), Carlquist (1989), and Wangerin (1906), Gregory (1998) for vegetative anatomy, Ronse Decraene (1992) and Ronse Decraene et al. (2000a) for details of floral morphology, Ferguson (1977: Kaliphora) for pollen, Mauritzon (1933: Montinia) for embryology, and Krach (1976, 1977) and Takhtajan and Trifonova (1999) for testa anatomy.
Phylogeny. Relationships are [Kaliphora [Grevea + Montinia]]; support is strong (B. Bremer et al. 2002), although the group is very heterogeneous.
Previous Relationships. Montiniaceae have been hard to place, and have generally ended up somewhere around Saxifragaceae s.l.. Thus Cronquist (1981) included them in his heterogeneous Grossulariaceae, while Takhtajan (1997) placed Montiniaceae and Kaliphoraceae next to each other in his Hydrangeales.
Synonymy: Kaliphoraceae Takhtajan
[Sphenocleaceae + Hydroleaceae]: placentae swollen; ovules many/carpel; antipodal cells degenerate; endosperm at most scanty, with multicellular micropylar haustoria.
Age. The age for this node is estimated to be around (91-)64.5(-37.9) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.), 56.5 Ma (Magallón et al. 2015) or 54.6 Ma (Tank et al. 2015: Table S1).
SPHENOCLEACEAE Baskerville - Back to Solanales
Herbs, rather fleshy, annual; fructose with isokestose linkages, cyclic thiosulphinates [zeylanoxides] +, alkaloids 0; cork ?mid-cortical; cortical air spaces +; stomata tetracytic; inflorescences spicate; K imbricate, C quincuncial, tube formation early, lateral veins connate and commissural; tapetal cells binucleate; pollen grains tricellular; nectary 0; ovary ± inferior, placentae massive, style short, stigma subcapitate, wet; integument "massive", hypostase 0; synergids elongated; fruit capsular, capsule circumscissile; seeds tiny (ca 0.5 mm long); exotestal cells polygonal, inner walls thickened and with radial spine-like processes; endosperm slight, walls thick; n = 12, 16, 20, etc.
1 [list]/2. Old World tropics (map: from Brummit 2007; but c.f. Australia's Virtual Herbarium v.2013; esp. Carter et al. 2014). [Photo - Habit © B. Hammel]
Evolution: Ecology & Physiology. The cyclic thiosulphinates, and perhaps also things like secologanic acid, seem to be responsible for the potent allelopathic efect of Sphenoclea zeylanica, both on rice and other plants (Hirai et al. 2000 and references.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Corolla tube formation is of the early type, and the corolla lobes are characteristically incurved; the lateral veins of adjacent lobes are fused producing commissural veins (Erbar 1995). The anticlinal walls of the testa are shown as being massively thickened in Takhtajan (2010).
Some information is taken from Subramanyam (1950b), Monod (1980), Carter et al. (2014) and Lammers (2016), all general, and Kausik and Subramanyam (1946) and Tobe and Morin (1996), both embryology.
Previous Relationships. Sphenocleaceae, along with Hydrolea, another genus of uncertain position, were placed near Boraginaceae by Cosner et al. (1994). However, in morphological studies (e.g. Gustafsson & Bremer 1995) Sphenocleaceae are placed well within Asterales; they have often been associated with Campanulaceae (e.g. they are placed in Campanulales by Takhtajan 1997: p. 408 - "it definitely belongs", see also Cronquist 1981), although they lack latex.
HYDROLEACEAE Edwards - Back to Solanales
(Annual) herbs to shrubby; mycorrhizae 0; chemistry?; cork?; (vessel elements with scalariform perforation plates); vestured pits +; cortex aerenchymatous; thorns +/0, axillary-sublateral; lamina margin toothed to entire; flowers 4-5-merous, medium sized [ca 1.5 cm across]; K basally connate, C connate, tube formation late; A versatile, filament base abruptly broadened/lobed; nectary 0/+; G diagonal, [2(-4)], placentae bilobed or not, styles separate, ± spreading, stigma slightly funneliform or capitate; ovules mostly pleurotropous, funicular bundle absent, integument 6-8 cells across; fruit a septi-(+ loculi-)cidal capsule, (irregularly dehiscent); seeds longitudinally ridged and ruminate, exotestal cells thin-walled, endotestal cells tanniniferous, with a cuticle; n = (9) 10 (12).
1 [list]/12. Tropical, warm temperate (map: from Davenport 1988; FloraBase 2007). [Photo - Hydrolea Flower © B. Kenney]
Evolution: Bacterial/Fungal Associations. Hydrolea appears to lack mycorrhizae.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. The axillary inflorescences may be cymose. Davenport (1988) suggested that there is no nectary disc. The two carpels are shown as being oblique by Schnizlein (1843-1870: fam. 147), and this was confirmed by Erbar et al. (2005), even for Hydrolea palustris, which has flowers with the median sepal abaxial. Indeed, Erbar et al. (2005) noted that there the first sepal arose in the adaxial-lateral position, the second was abaxial, an unusual sequence - other species in the genus need study. Di Fulvio (1997) notes that the four ventral bundles of the two carpels are all connate in the center of the ovary - c.f. Hydrophyllaceae/Nameae where there are often two or four such bundles, rarely a single bundle (di Fulvio 1997). There are no nuclear inclusions (di Fulvio 1991).
For general information, see Bittrich and Amaral (2016) and Davenport (1988: monograph), for wood anatomy, see Carlquist and Eckhart (1984), for pollen, see Constance and Chuang (1982), and for embryology Svensson (1925) and di Fulvio (1989b, 1990); also, check Boraginales/Hydrophyllaceae, since relevant literature - e.g., on vestured pits - may be there.
Previous Relationships. Hydrolea has usually been included in Hydrophyllaceae (e.g. Cronquist 1981; Takhtajan 1997). Not only molecular differences but also axile versus parietal placentation and embryological differences (see di Fulvio de Basso 1990) separate the two.
Synonymy: Sagoneaceae Martynov
[Convolvulaceae + Solanaceae]: coumarins, caffeic acid esters, tropane [polyhydroxynortropanes], acyl pyrrolidine, etc., ornithine-derived alkaloids [inc. hygrines], sesquiterpenoid phytalexins, flavonol and flavone glycosides, acylated anthocyanins +, condensed tannins, iridoids 0; (interxylary phloem +), internal phloem + [intraxylary phloem; bicollateral vascular bundles]; leaves with conduplicate vernation; flowers large [>1.5 cm across/long]; C-tube formation late, C contorted-plicate or induplicate-valvate; tapetal cells multinucleate; placentae massive, style undivided; ovules many/carpel, integument (5-)9-20(-40) cells across; testa often multiplicative; young seeds starchy, endosperm haustoria 0, cotyledons incumbent.
Age. The two families may have diverged (91-)86(-81) Ma (K. Bremer et al. 2004a), (96.9-)80.4(-60.9) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.), (ca 75.2 Ma (Hoshino et al. 2016), (89-)70(-49) Ma (Wikström et al. 2015), (71-)66, 65(-61) Ma (Wikström et al. 2001), ca 66.6 Ma (Magallón et al. 2015), around 64.3 Ma (Naumann et al. 2013), (83-)64(-49) Ma (da Silva et al. 2017), (69.7-)62.1(-54.4) Ma (Paape et al. 2008), (74-)62, 59(-49) Ma (Bell et al. 2010), (57.2-)52(-46.8) Ma (Magallón et al. 1999), ca 55 or (53.5-)49(-46) Ma (Särkinen et al. 2013, see also Dupin et al. 2017), ca 57.3 Ma (Nylinder et al. 2012: suppl.), or ca 56.2 Ma (Tank et al. 2015: Table S2) - or a mere ca 39.9 or 37.5 Ma (Xue et al. 2012). An age of over 150 Ma is suggested by Eserman et al. (2013), and although the range bars are huge, they do not overlap with any of the other dates just mentioned except those in Bremer et al. (2004) - but Convolvulaceae-Ipomoeeae were the focus of Eserman et al. (2013). Ages within Solanaceae in particular tend to be in conflict with the ages here.
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. Given the recent findings of Palaeocene Ipomoea from India (Srivastava et al. 2018) and of Physalis from Argentina (Wilf et al. 2017a), there are suggestions of an east Gondwana origin of this clade (Srivastava et al. 2018); both these fossils have been placed in clades that are well embedded in their respective families.
Flowers with an oblique plane of symmetry may be an apomorphy at this level, or even higher, although J. Zhang and Zhang (2016) and Zhang et al. (2017) suggest that monosymmetry in Humbertia, sister to other Convolvulaceae and with a monosymmetric flower, develops differently from that in Solanaceae.
Plant-Animal Interactions. Chrysomelidae-Cassidinae+Hispinae and -Criocerinae beetle larvae like members of this clade, especially Convolvulaceae (Schmitt 1988; Jolivet 1988; Buzzi 1994; Vencl & Morton 1999).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Pyrrolizidine, tropane and pyrrolidine alkaloids are all synthesised from an ornithine precursor (Hegnauer 1973; Dahlgren 1988). Gemeinholzer and Wink (2001) discuss the sporadic distribution of tropane alkaloids in Solanaceae; they are known from Schizanthus and other clades; see Schimming et al. (1998) for the distribution of polyhydroxynortropanes (in most Convolvulaceae, not in Cuscuteae, unknown in Humbertia, scattered in Solanaceae. Eich (2008) provided an extensive summary of the distribution of secondary metabolites in these two families placed in the context of phylogeny.
For inter-/intraxylary pohloem, see Carlquist (2013). The corolla lobes have a thicker central area that is distinct from the margins because of the contorted-plicate or induplicate-valvate aestivation of the corolla; c.f. the "winged" corolla scattered in Asterales. For nectaries, see Erbar (2014). Corner (1976) did not mention an endothelium for Convolvulaceae, but c.f. Kaur (1969) and Kaur and Singh (1970).
CONVOLVULACEAE Jussieu, nom. cons. - Back to Solanales
Plant laticiferous, resin glycosides [?level]; stomata usu. paracytic; lamina margins entire, venation pinnate; K quincuncial, large, free; anther placentoid 0; pollen tectum imperforate; nectary vascularized, receptacular [?level]; stigma dry; ovules apotropous; K ± dry, scarious in fruit; seeds 4/fruit, hilum <10% of the seed; exotesta with papillae or hairs, usu. little thickened, outer hypodermis of small cells, little thickened, inner hypodermis of 1+ palisade layers, thickened; mitochondrial rpl2 intron 0.
59 [list: tribal assignments]/1,880 (1,660) - six main clades below. World wide (map: from Meusel et al. 1978; Lebrun 1977; Staples & Brummit 2007).
Age. Crown-group diversification may have begun around 68 Ma (Dillon et al. 2009) or (73.8-)56.5(-39.9) Mya (Olmstead & Tank 2017). Note that the clade age in Dillon et al. (2009) that is compared with Merremieae is the crown-group age of the whole family, not just a subclade of it, and the age in Wikström et al. (2001) is that of stem-group Convolvulaceae.
1. Humbertioideae Roberty
Large tree; chemistry?; wood dense, hard; vascular bundles collateral; petiole bundle annular; latex cells in the flowers alone; flowers single, axillary, strongly obliquely monosymmetric [rotated 108o to axis]; A adnate to base of C, connective tissue lignified, filaments bent in bud; ?pollen; style ?hollow, stigma clavate; ?ovule morphology; fruit a drupe; hilum crescentic; endosperm copious, cotyledons flat; n = ?; seedling?
1/1: Humbertia madagascariensis. Madagascar.
Synonymy: Humbertiaceae Pichon, nom. cons.
[Cardiochlamyeae [Eryciboideae [Cuscutoideae [Convolvuloideae + Dichondroideae]]]]: vine or liane, climbing by twining [sinstrorse]; fibriform vessels +; successive cambia +, (included phloem); latex canals +, usu. articulated; lamina with ± palmate venation, base ± cordate/hastate; pollen grains 3-colpate; ovules (1-)2(-4)/carpel, erect; exotestal cells bulging; cotyledons complexly folded or coiled.
2. Cardiochlamyeae Stefanovic & Austin
Usu. lianes; hairs T-shaped; inflorescence racemose; bracts foliaceous, sessile; pollen (pantoporate - Cardiochlamys); stigma capitate (slightly two-lobed); fruit indehiscent, 1-seeded [= utricle], K accrescent, forming a wing; n = ?; seedling with ovate cotyledons.
5/24. Madagascar, Southeast Asia, West Malesia (Map: from Staples 2006).
[Eryciboideae [Cuscutoideae [Convolvuloideae + Dichondroideae]]]: ?
3. Eryciboideae (Endlicher) Roberty
Lianes; lamina not cordate, venation ± pinnate; inflorescence ?racemose, branched (± fasciculate); corolla lobes with thin margins, two-lobed; ovary 1-locular, style 0, stigma conical-radiate; fruit a berry, 1-seeded; exotestal cells fleshy, mesotestal cells little elongated and thickened; n = ?; germination cryptocotylar.
1/70. Southeast Asia, Indo-Malesia to Australia (Map: from Hoogland 1953a; Flora China 16, 20; Australia's Virtual Herbarium xii.2012).
Synonymy: Erycibaceae Meisner
[Cuscutoideae [Convolvuloideae + Dichondroideae]]: fruit a loculicidal capsule; testa with 2-8 layers of sclereidal cells underneath palisade layer [?here].
Age. The age for this clade is estimated as (57-)34.6(-13.1) Ma (Naumann et al. 2013) or ca 33 Ma (G. Sun et al. 2018).
4. Cuscutoideae Link
Plant parasitic, herbaceous; endomycorrhizae 0; internal phloem 0; stomata on stem transversely oriented [?all]; leaves reduced to scales; inflorescence monochasial cymes variously grouped; K connate, C imbricate, infrastaminal scales +, alternating with C, ± fimbriate [= corona]; anther wall 3 cells across; tapetum (amoeboid), cells binucleate; pollen grains (bi-)tricellular, (-12-colpate), (surface reticulate); styles separate (unequal)/single/± 0, (gynobasic), stigma capitate/elongated; ovules with integument (?8-)15-17 cells across, usu. unvascularized, parietal tissue none, endothelium 0; megaspore mother cells several, competition between the developing embryo sacs, embryo sac bisporic, spores chalazal, eight-celled [Allium type] (normal); fruit basally circumscissile/(indehiscent); testa multiplicative; embryo spirally coiled, acotyledonous (almost), radicle absent, chlorophyllous (not); n = (4-)7(<), chromosomes 0.4-23 µm long, (holocentric), genome 1.16-65.54 pg/2C.
1/195. More or less world-wide, ca 3/4 species New World.
Synonymy: Cuscutaceae Dumortier, nom. cons.
[Convolvuloideae + Dichondroideae]: (cork pericyclic); (fibers or sclereids +); unicellular T-shaped hairs common; lamina vernation conduplicate; inflorescence cymose; integument vascularized, with unbranched bundle, 5-10 cells across, parietal tissue 1-3 cells across, placental obturator common; fruit capsular, 4-valved; endosperm nuclear, storing galactomannans [?always], embryo chlorophyllous, curved/folded, cotyledons bifid/bilobed, suspensor haustorium +; n = 7-15+; chloroplast atpB gene with 6-15 bp deletion, ycf15 absent, trnF with 150 bp deletion; incompatibility system sporophytic.
49/1375. World-wide (see family map). [Photo - Flower, Fruit.]
5. Convolvuloideae Burnett
Homospermidine synthase gene +, (pyrrolizidine alkaloids + [esp. ipangulines]); (margin of leaf blade serrate); inflorescence a dichasial cyme; C with interplical veins; style +; hilum >10% of the seed, peripheral, hilar pad heart-shaped; (exotestal cells not bulging).
5A. Aniseieae Stefanovic & D. Austin
Vines; lamina (not cordate); inner K smaller than the outer; filaments swollen, pubescent; pollen prolate, (to polycolpate); stigmas elongated (globose); seeds (hairy).
3/6. New World Tropics, including the Antilles.
[Convolvuleae ["Merremieae" + Ipomoeeae]]: ?
5B. Convolvuleae Dumortier
Vines; ergoline alkaloids +; filaments swollen, pubescent (not); (polyporate - Calystegia s. str.); stigma subulate, 2-lobed (dissected - Polymeria).
2/225. Convolvulus (215). ± World-wide, esp. temperate.
5Ca. Ipomoeeae Hallier f. s.l. (= ["Merremieae" + Ipomoeeae])
Vines to lianas (to small trees); lamina (compound), (margins serrate); (anthers spirally twisted at anthesis), filaments swollen, pubescent; pollen (pantoporate, rarely pantocolpate, 12-colpate), (surface echinate); G () - Ipomoea), (with false septum - Ipomoea lobata), style (gynobasic); (embryo sac much elongated - Ipomoea); fruit (schizocarp - Remirena)/(operculate - Operculina); seeds (hairy); nuclear genome ca 1.51 pg/2C.
20/ : Ipomoea (605), Argyreia (135), Distimake (35). Pantropical (warm temperate), more Old World.
Age. This clade is some (70-)55.3(-47.8) Ma (Eserman et al. 2013)
5Cb. Ipomoeeae Hallier f. s. str.
Vines to lianas (small trees); filaments swollen, pubescent; (pollen pantoporate, surface echinate); G () - Ipomoea, (with false septum - Ipomoea lobata); (embryo sac much elongated - Ipomoea).
10/ : Ipomoea (605), Argyreia (135). Pantropical (warm temperate), most genera Old World.
Age. The 58.7-55.8 Ma Ipomoea meghalayensis, from western Meghalaya, India, has recently been described (Srivastava et al. 2018).
6. Dichondroideae Endlicher
Cyme monochasial (dichasial), (inflorescence racemose - Calycobolus); (hilum >10% of the seed); reversion to a non-edited start codon for the psbL gene.
6A. Dichondreae G. Don
Prostrate herbs to lianes; lamina (base not cordate), (venation pinnate); filaments swollen, pubescent; style ± bifid, (gynobasic), stigmas globose; fruit an utricle.
6(?9)/. Tropical-warm temperate, Africa-Madagascar, the Americas, also Indo-Malesia (Porana).
Synonymy: Dichondraceae Dumortier, nom. cons., Poranaceae J. Agardh
6B. Cresseae C. B. Clarke
Herbs or small shrubs (lianes); lamina base not cordate, ?venation; (plant dioecious); filaments straight, glabrous; style ± bifid, stigma globose/lobed; fruit (utricular, unilocular).
8(?12): Evolvulus (100), Bonamia (45). ± Pantropical.
Synonymy: Cressaceae Rafinesque, Evolvulaceae Berchtold & J. Presl
6C. Jacquemontieae Stefanovic & D. Austin
Vines; hairs stellate; filaments swollen, pubescent; pollen polycolpate; style single, stigma ellipsoid and fllatened; capsule 8-valvate.
1/110. Mostly Americas, tropical to warm temperate.
6D. Maripeae Webb & Berthelot
Lianes; lamina base not cordate, ?venation; filaments swollen, pubescent; style ± bifid; fruit ligneous-baccate; exotestal cells fleshy [black liquid!], mesotestal [palisade] cells little elongated and thickened.
3/35: Maripa (19). Central and South America.
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. Srivastava et al. (2018) thought that Convolvulaceae had an east Gondwanan origin; the basal clades in Convolvulaceae are all Old World, including Madagascar but not the African mainland (García et al. 2014). The 58.7-55.8 Ma age of the recently described Ipomoea meghalayensis (Srivastava et al. 2018) suggests a very considerably older crown-group age for the family than several of the estimates above...
There are some remarkable disjunctions within Cuscuta, including C. kilimanjari, an African member of an otherwise South American clade (García et al. 2014). Ho and Costea (2018) discuss fruit type in the genus in the context of geography and diversification.
As Stefanovic et al. (2003) noted, characters for their /Dicranostyloideae (= Dichondroideae) will depend very much on the position of Jacquemontia, currently unresolved in that clade. Eserman et al. (2013) discuss the evolution of a number of characters in Ipomoeeae.
Ecology & Physiology. Convolvulaceae have about the second highest number of scandent species in the New World (ca 750), Apocynaceae are number 1, Fabaceae are also ± = number 2 (Gentry 1991). All told, perhaps 1,500 species are vines or lianas (the parasitic Cuscuta not included). Species of Dichondra and Evolvulus, if not shrubby, are more or less prostrate and with procumbent non-twining stems.
Many Convolvulaceae have alkaloids and are toxic to herbivores. Ergoline alkaloids of Convolvulaceae like Ipomoea and Turbina appear to be synthesized by associated ascomycete clavicipitalean fungi (Eserman et al. 2013). About 20% of Ipomoeeae s. str. form associations with the clavicipitacous asomycete endophyte Periglandula and are ergot alkaloid-positive (Schardl et al. 2013: P. ipomoeae). Concentrations of the alkaloids, at 1,600 to 5,100 µg/g, are up to 1000 times higher than in poöid grasses (Beaulieu et al. 2013). The indolizidine alkaloid swainsonine is synthesised by chaetothryialean ascomycete fungal associates of some Convolvuloideae (Cook et al. 2014). Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), on the other hand, are synthesized by the plant, and homospermidine synthase (HSS) is the first gene in the PA biosynthetic pathway. PA alkaloids may have evolved more than once in the family, but HSS evolved only once (an apomorphy!) in Convolvuloideae (see Stefanovic et al. 2003) following a gene duplication, as in other plant groups like Fabaceae, Asteraceae, and Apocynaceae that have PAs (Reimann et al. 2004; Langel et al. 2010; Kaltenegger et al. 2013; Livschulz et al. 2018a: widespread molecular-level parallelism). Kaltenegger et al. (2013) discuss the evolution of these alkaloids in Convolvuloideae; their distribution is sporadic.
Cuscuta (dodder) is a morphologically distinctive (see also above) stem parasite. The plant body consists largely of a white, twining stem, although most species have some chlorophyll (see below), that is attached to the plant by haustoria. Cuscuta exaltata and some other species have retained most of the genes associated with photosynthesis despite the loss of about half the plastome (McNeal et al. 2007a; Barrett et al. 2014; Sun et al. 2018). Much of the photosynthesis that does occur in dodders is carried out in the seed where the chlorophyll is concentrated and it is largely involved in the synthesis of lipids that are i.a. seed reserves, reserves that are used up during seedling establishment (McNeal et al. 2007a, b; Tesitel 2016), and overall CO2 fixation is at most low (e.g. van der Kooij et al. 2000; also Funk et al. 2007 for the gradual loss of functionality in the chloroplast genome). In other cases the photosynthesis that does occur may facilitate fixation of CO2 produced by the plant (e.g. Hibberd et al. 1998; Vogel et al. 2018). Taxa that appear to have no chlorophyll at all have a very different reproductive biology - large, scented, flowers, no selfing, low seed set, etc. (McNeal et al. 2007b). Dodder haustoria are often described as being modified roots, although elements of their development are quite different from those of roots (Alakonya et al. 2012); host-parasite phloem connections are marked by a labyrinthine rather transfer cell-like morphology in the Cuscuta phloem (Dörr 1990). For a model of nutrient flow between host and parasite, see Hibberd and Jaeschke (2001); stomata on the flower and/or special protuberances on the stem may increase host transpiration and hence nutient/water flow (Clayson et al. 2014); stomata are also found on extra-floral nectaries (Clayson et al. 2014). For details of resistance of plants to dodders - at least sometimes hypersensitivity is involved - see Hegenauer et al. (2016) and references.
Dodders can bridge two hosts, and viruses can be transmitted from one host to another (Hosford 1967). There is also more or less extensive (depending on the host) bidirectional exchange of mRNA between Cuscusta and its hosts, although how this affects the functioning of the partners, whether or not the mRNA is expressed, etc., is unclear (G. Kim et al. 2014). However, it has recently been found that microRNAs 22 nucleotides long are induced at the haustorial connection, and these miRNAs change host gene expression in various ways to the advantage of the parasite (Shahid et al. 2018). Indeed, all plants infected by the one dodder individual form a sort of community. Thus a host plant infested with dodder snd also experiencing herbivory can generate signals that cause extensive transcriptomic changes elsewhere in that plant, so activating its defence responses to the herbivory. This defence activation also occurs in other plants to over 1 m away that are connected by the dodder individual, whether or not those other plants are related to the initial host (Hettenhausen et al. 2017) - similar phenomena have been noticed in mycorrhizal associations (Jung et al. 2012 and references).
Pollination Biology & Seed Dispersal. The flowers often last for only a single day. S. D. Smith et al. (2010) noted that white corollas were relatively uncommon in Ipomoea subg. Quamoclit because clades in which they evolved speciated relatively less than the others, while McDonald et al. (2011) discuss the numerous origins of self- from cross pollination (and reversals) in Ipomoea. Some Convolvuloideae have flowers with slight oblique disymmetry (Lefort 1951), while the monosymmetry of the flowers of Humbertia is largely positional, indeed, they are drawn as being polysymmetric by Pichon (1947); for the plane of monosymmetry here, different from that of Solanaceae, see J. Zhang et al. (2017).
The bracts may be adnate to the pedicel and accrescent (wind dispersal: Neuropeltis), or the bracteoles may be much enlarged (e.g. Calystegia).
Convolvulaceae are the only gentianid family in which the seeds have physical dormancy (Baskin et al. 2000), and this is caused by the thick, hard seed coat found in nearly all members of the family, indeed, such thick and complex seed coats are unique here. The seeds normally need scarification before they take up water, but, if unscarified, water initially penetrates the seed only at particular places in the coat. In some temperate species of Cuscuta there is also physiological dormancy (see Gama-Arachchige et al. 2013 for a water gap in such seeds). However, in Erycibe and Maripa there is no physical dormancy and the seeds are recalcitrant, being unable to stand either drying or freezing (Jayasuriya et al. 2008b, 2009); what about Humbertia? The indehiscent fruit of some species of Cuscuta can float and may have been involved in the dispersal of that genus (McNeal et al. 2007b).
Plant-Animal Interactions. Larvae of the bruchid Spermophagus (Chrysomeloidea-Bruchinae) eat seeds; the genus has diversified on and is roughly contemporaneous with Old World Convolvulaceae, although its primary hosts are Fabaceae (Kergoat et al. 2015: c.f. Malvoideae hosts). Other bruchids such as Megacerus are also seed predators on Convolvulaceae (Reyes et al. 2009).
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. The ergoline alkaloids of Convolvulaceae like Ipomoea and Turbina appear to be synthesized by associated ascomycete clavicipitalean fungi and are found in tissues where those fungi also occur (e.g. Ahimsa-Müller et al. 2007; Markert et al. 2008; see also Leistner & Steiner 2009; Eserman et al. 2013; Schardl et al. 2013: Periglandula ipomoeae). These fungi at least sometimes grow on the surface of the leaf alone (Beaulieu et al. 2012, 2015). The indolizidine alkaloid swainsonine is synthesised by other ascomycete fungal associates (in Chaetothyriales) of some Convolvuloideae (Cook et al. 2014).
Cuscuta has lost the ability to form endomycorrhizal associations (Delaux et al. 2014; see also Vogel et al. 2018).
Vegetative Variation. Changes in the expression of genes involved in root development may be involved in the evolution of the stem haustoria in Cuscuta, as in other parasitic plants (G. Sun et al. 2018).
Genes & Genomes. Cuscuta and Ipomoea have a genome triplication in common (G. Sun et al. 2018), this is the IPQUα duplication that is estimated to have occurred ca 32.8 Ma (Landis et al. 2018).
For holocentric chromosomes in Cuscuta, see Cuacos et al. (2015) and Escudero et al. (2016) and references.
In Cuscuta, the nuclear-encoded SSL (strictosidine synthase-like) gene came from Brassicales (D. Zhang et al. 2014), while the albumen-1 gene moved from Fabaceae-Faboideae (Y. Zhang et al. 2013). A. Vogel et al. (2018) suggest that there may have been some 36 transfers of genes from different hosts to Cuscusta campestris, with Fabales being involved in a third (12) of these events and Caryophyllales in another seven. Given the extent of mRNA movment between host and parasite and the way one parasite individual can bridge different host individuals and even host species, the possibilities are almost endless (G. Kim et al. 2014). Gene loss in Cuscuta can be quite extensive, many protein-encoding genes being lost in some holoparasitic clades in the genus, also, genes involved in soil-root interactions, etc. (Braukmann et al. 2013; see also Krause 2011; A. Vogel et al. 2018: nuclear genome sequence). G. Sun et al. (2018) note that genes controlling flowering time have been lost in C. australis.
For the chloroplast genome and its evolution in Cuscuta, gene loss, etc., see McNeal et al. (2007a, b), for the rpl2 intron, see Downie et al. (1991) and Stefanovic et al. (2002), and for more on chloroplast evolution in Cuscuta see e.g. Hibberd et al. (1998), Stefanovic and Olmstead (2005), Park et al. (2019: variation at the subgeneric level?), etc., see also Ecology and Physiology above. There is little variation in the chloroplast genome elsewhere in the family (J. Sun et al. 2019 and references).
Mitochondrial genes, at least, may move from Cuscuta to its host, an example being in Plantago (Mower et al. 2010).
Economic Importance. Convolvulaceae include a disproportionally high number of notably serious and widespread weeds (Daehler 1997); Cuscuta does not affect the imbalance!
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Glycine betaines are rather commonly accumulated in Convolvulaceae (Rhodes & Hanson 1993), perhaps surprising since it is not a family of halophytes; glycosides are known only from Cuscuta and Convolvuloideae. Wood fluorescence occurs, but not often. Humbertia has hard wood with the odour of sandalwood. Successive cambia have been found in some species of Ipomoea (Terrazas et al. 2011) and Carlquist (2013) noted the occurrence of interxylary phloem in that genus and Turbina; note that interxylary cambia have recently been reported from Ipomoea (Pace et al. 2018) and these various reports of cambial activity will have to be reconciled. Adventitious roots on the stem may develop in two lines sublateral to and below the petiole. Adventitious shoots develop from the roots of the sweet potato.
The sepals of Humbertia have five traces, but in Convolvuloideae there are fewer; secretory cells are apparently restricted to the flower in the former (Deroin 1993). The corolla tube of some Cuscuta and some other members of the family is strictly speaking a corolla-stamen tube, both contributing integrally to the tubular structure (Prenner et al. 2002). The infrastaminal scales found in Cuscuta may protect the nectar or the ovary (Riviere et al. 2013). Nectaries in the family, including those of Humbertia, are discussed by Deroin (1993). Weberling (1989) described the ovary as being fundamentally gynobasic, although with an apical septum. The diversity of style and stigma morphology in Cuscuta alone is as great as that in the rest of the family (e.g. Wright et al. 2011).
The seed coat is perhaps the most complex of that of any other gentianid, being up to about 30 cells thick and consisting of several types of cells, some much thickened and lignified; see Govil (1971), Kaur and Singh (1970, 1987) and Jayasuriya et al. (2008a, esp. 2009, the bulges and bulging cells and cell layers all a bit confusing) for details. In Humbertia there is a thick layer of collapsed cells underneath the palisade layer; the testa of the seed examined showed no ligification (Deroin 1993).
There are a few, mostly old records of protein crystalloids in the nucleus (Speta 1977; Thaler 1966).
Cuscuta: For some anatomy, see Solms-Laubach (1867), for stomata, see Poisson (1874), for pollen, see Welsh et al. (2010), for embryology, see Sastri (1956: embryo sac haustoria), see also Johri and Nand (1935: parietal cells), Tiagi (1951), and Vázquez-Santana et al. (1992), for seeds, etc., see Johri and Tiagi (1952), and Sherman et al. (2008) for germination. Species limits in Cuscuta are difficult (Costea & Stefanovic 2009; Costea et al. 2011 and references); for hybridization, etc., see García et al. (2014 and references). General references include Kuijt (1969), Heide-Jørgensen (2008), the Parasitic Plants website (Nickrent 1998 onwards) and the Digital Atlas of Cuscuta (Costea 2007 onwards).
For general information, see Staples and Brummitt (2007), Hoogland (1953b) and especially Convolvulaceae Unlimited, for chemistry, see Hegnauer (1964, 1989) and Eich (2008), for successive cambia, etc., see Rajput (2016) and Lekhak et al. (2018 and references), for pollen, see Simões et al. (2019: Operculina), for seed reserves, see G. Dahlgren (1991), for ovary morphology, see Deroin (1999b), for floral anatomy, Deroin (2004 and references), for embryology, see Raghava Rao (1940), Kaur (1969), Kaur and Singh (1970) and Yana and Rao (1993), for galactomannans and their like, see Kooiman (1971) and Reid (1985), for seedling morphology, see Austin (1973). Some information about Humbertia is taken from Pichon (1947) and K. Kubitzki and H. Manitz (pers. comm.), but the genus is poorly known, especially embryologically.
Phylogeny. The distinctive Humbertia is sister to the rest of the family (e.g. Refulio-Rodriguez & Olmstead 2014; García et al. 2014). Within the rest of the family, part of Poraneae (Cardiochlamyeae: Porana itself is polyphyletic) and Erycibeae s. str. are successive sister taxa (Stefanovic et al. 2002): Erycibe in particular can look very unlike other Convolvulaceae and herbarium specimens are often misidentified. Ipomoea, Convolvulus, and their relatives form a clade that is sister to a rather unexpected clade made up of Poraneae, Cresseae, Dichondreae (with gynobasic styles), some Erycibeae (Maripeae), etc., as well as Jacquemontia. Several members of this latter clade have styles divided to the base or only an at most shortly connate style with long branches (but Jacquemontia has a long style), and leaf blades with more or less pinnate venation; Jacquemontia could be sister to the other taxa (see also Stefanovic & Olmstead 2004). However, support along the spines of these two clades is mostly rather weak; Merremia (in particular) and Convolvuleae, Cresseae and Poraneae are polyphyletic (Stefanovic et al. 2002). Relationships in Z.-D. Chen et al. (2016: Chinese taxa) seem somewhat scrambled, but support is poor, while in Park et al. (2019: 50 proten-coding chloroplast genes) the relationships [Crassa [Ipomoea + Cuscuta]] were recovered, but taxon sampling was skimpy (Cuscta was the focus). For a morphological phylogeny of the family, see Austin (1998). Despite the sequencing of over 6800 bp, the position of Cuscutoideae was unclear (Stefanovic & Olmstead 2001, 2004; Stefanovic et al. 2002 and esp. 2003), however, they may be close to a clade containing species with bifid styles, Dichondroideae or perhaps [Convoluloideae + Dichondroideae] (Stefanovic & Olmstead 2004; Wight et al. 2011).
Cuscutoideae. For relationships within Cuscuta, see e.g. Stefanovic et al. (2007), García and Martín (2007), McNeal et al. (2007b), Stefanovic and Costea (2008) and Braukmann et al. (2013), although the trees in Revill et al. (2005) may be compromised by some misidentifications of the material examined (see McNeal et al. 2007b); Costea et al. (2015) provides a summary tree. García et al. (2014) found that the predominantly Asian subgenus Monogynella was sister to the rest of the genus.
Relationships within Convolvuloideae are unclear. Merremieae - and Merremia itself - are not monophyletic, Ipomoeeae being embedded in the former, while Merremia is widely dispersed in that part of the tree - and there is little support along the backbone (Stefanovic et al. 2002; esp. Simões et al. 2015). Ipomoea itself is very much paraphyletic. Within it there is a well-supported spiny pollen clade that comprises some 50% of the larger Ipomoea clade (Manos et al. 2001a). For relationships in Ipomoeeae/Ipomoea based on variation in plastid sequences, see Eserman et al. (2013) and J. Sun et al. (2019). There seem to be two main clades in a largely monophyletic Convolvulus, although C. nodiflorus did not link with the rest (Carine et al. 2004: sampling needs to be extended), however, perhaps mercifully, the latter is a species of Jacquemontia. In an extensive study Williams et al. (2014) recovered a Calystegia that was well embedded in the Convolvulus clade, however, Simões et al. (2015) found that the tribe was paraphyletic, relationships in this area being [Convolvulus [Parameria ["Merremieae" + Ipomoeeae]]].
Classification. For the tribes above, some of which may be paraphyletic, see the classification in Stefanovic et al. (2003 - there is a version of this in Staples & Brummit 2007). What to do with Ipomoea - to split, or to lump - is difficult, and neither of the options is without its drawbacks (Stefanovic et al. 2003). But that is almost the least of the problems in this area. Given the paraphyly of Merremieae immediately below Ipomoeeae and the low support along the spine of that part of the tree (Simões et al. 2015), Simões and Staples (2017) suggest that Merremieae should no longer be recognised, and they provide a generic reclassification of its members (barring a few small clades that it was premature to place) that is followed here. Unfortunately, tribal limits in this area remain up in the air, Simões et al. (2015: p. 382) reasonably noting that "attempts at tribal delimitation in the Convolvuloideae clade to which [Merremieae] belongs are likely to be problematic" - indeed, if their tree (ibid.: Fig. 2) were to hold, about eight more tribes would be needed if Ipomoeeae s. str. were to be retained. However, as can be seen above, Ipomoeeae s.l. have no characters, but broadening the circumscription of the tribe may the way to go...
Costea et al. (2015) provide an infrageneric classification (4 subgenera, 18 sections) for the speciose Cuscuta.
Thanks. To George Staples, for information, corrections, etc..
SOLANACEAE Jussieu, nom. cons. - Back to Solanales
Herbs to shrubs, branching sympodial; hygroline alkaloids, oligosaccharides, (myricetin) +; roots diarch [lateral roots 4-ranked]; wood commonly fluoresces; pits vestured; cystoliths +; stomata various; leaves simple to compound; inflorescence terminal; flowers (4 merous), rotated 36o to axis; K often valvate; endothecial thickenings reticulate; G often pseudo-4-locular, 36o to the median, placentae swollen, stigma wet; ovules many/carpel, campylotropous; embryo sac with chalazal haustorium; K persistent, often ± accrescent; exotestal walls thickened usu. on inner periclinal and anticlinal walls, endotesta [= endothelium] ± persistent, walls ± lignified; embryo often ± curved, cotyledons and radicle same width; chromosomes usu. 1.5-5 µm long, protein bodies in nuclei.
102 [list, tribal assignments]/2,480 - treatment below needs work. World-wide, but overwhelmingly tropical America (map: from van Steenis & van Balgooy 1966; Meusel et al. 1978; van Balgooy 1984; Heywood 2007).
Age. Crown Solanaceae have been dated to (45-)41, 36(-32) Ma (Wikström et al. 2001); Zamora-Tavares et al. (2016) think that they are as old as (82.4-)61.9(-47.8) Ma, Janssens et al. (2009) date them to 58±9.1 Ma, Paape et al. (2008) to ca 51 Ma, Olmstead and Tank (2017) to (65.3-)42.6(-21) Ma, De-Silva et al. (2017) to (55.2-)42.2(-26.8) Ma, and Bell et al. (2010) to (49-)38, 37(-29) Ma; still younger estimates are around 35 Ma (Dillon et al. 2009), and (34.0-)30.4(-26.3) Ma (Särkinen et al. 2013: c.f. topology, see also Dupin et al. 2017).
Note, however, that most of these ages are questioned by the discovery of ca 52.5 Ma fossils of Physalis from Argentina (Wilf et al. 2017a); see also below. At the same time, Cantisolanum daturoides, from the London Clay and thought to be the oldest fossil identifiable as Solanaceae, may in fact be a commelinid monocot (Särkinen et al. 2013), similarly, for the identities of other fossils from the Eocene that are putatively solanaceous, see Millan and Crepet (2014) - none of them belongs (but try Rhamnaceae!).
1. Schizanthoideae Hunziker
Annual to biennial herbs; pyrrolidine alkaloids [hygrine, etc.], distinctive tropane alkaloids +; cork cambium pericyclic; pericyclic fibres 0; flowers strongly monosymmetric, functional A developing before the C; K ± free, C cochleate, margins laciniate, abaxial pair connate, forming a keel; A 2 [abaxial-lateral], anthers explosive, staminodes 3; pollen tricellular, ektexine foot layer well developed; fruit a septicidal capsule; endosperm nuclear, copious, embryo curved, cotyledons 1/2> length embryo; n = 10.
1/12. Chile, adjacent Argentina. [Photo - Schizanthus Flower.]
Age. Crown-group Schizanthoideae have been dated to slightly over 5 Ma, certainly under 10 Ma (Särkinen et al. 2013).
[Goetzeoideae ... [Schwenkioideae [Petunioideae [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae]]]: (crystal sand +, esp. in stem); K connate; ektexine foot layet not well developed.
2. Goetzeoideae Thorne & Reveal
Trees to shrubs; leaves xeromorphic; (flowers single, terminal); pollen tricolpate, exine echinate, tectum perforate; stigma capitate to bi(tri)lobed; (G with 1 ovule); fruit a berry/4-valved capsule; seeds to 5/loculus; endosperm at most slight (copious - Tsoala), embryo straight, cotyledons large, fleshy, relatively very long (very short - Tsoala); n = 13, 24; deletion in the chloroplast trnL-F spacer.
6/8. Most Greater Antilles (not Jamaica), also E. Brazil, Madagascar (Tsoala). [Photo - Flower.]
Synonymy: Goetzeaceae Miers
Age. A clade including Duckeodendron has been dated to (39-)35, 33(-29) Ma (Wikström et al. 2001).
3. Duckeodendroideae Reveal
Large tree; wood with large, open, radial canals [c.f. Apocynaceae s. str.]; bracteoles ?0; K, C quincuncial; pollen striate; stigma slightly bilobed; 1 ovule/carpel; fruit a drupe, pericarp complex, seed 1, K not accrescent; endosperm slight, embryo U-shaped, cotyledons very small; n = ?; deletion in the chloroplast trnL-F spacer.
1/1: Duckeodendron cestroides. Brazil, Manaus.
Synonymy: Duckeodendraceae Kuhlmann
[Cestroideae [Schwenkieae [Petunioideae [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae]]]: acylsugars +.
4. Cestroideae Burnett
(Low concentrations pyrrolidine-type nicotinoids); bordered pits +; pericyclic fibres +; C cochlear; A 4 or 5, often didynamous, staminode +/0, anthers dorsifixed;endosperm copious, cotyledons ca 1/4 length of embryo.
10/210. South, Central (and North) America.
4. Salpiglossideae Burnett
Herbs (annuals) to shrubs; cork cambium deep-seated; flowers strongly monosymmetric; style hollow (solid), stigma crest on expanded apex; capsule 2-4-valved, embryo coiled, cots to 25%; n = 11.
2/6. Andean Chile and Argentina.
Age. The age of a Cestrum, Nicotiana, etc. clade may be ca 26 Ma (Clarkson et al. 2017).
Synonymy: Salpiglossidaceae Hutchinson
[Browallieae + Cestreae]: ?
4. Browallieae Burnett
Herbs to shrubs; (withanolides - Browallia); A 4, anthers 1(2)-thecate; pollen 3-7 colp/oroid/ate, surface striate to reticulate; style ± bent apically, stigma bilobed; seeds many; embryo slightly curved, cots ca 1/3 length; n = 10-12.
1(2)/9. U.S.A. (Arizona) to Bolivia.
Synonymy: Browalliaceae Berchtold & J. Presl
4. Cestreae Dumortier
Shrubs to trees (vines), plant odoriferous; (steroidal alkaloids - Cestrum); leaves often unequal; C (subcontorted-)valvate-induplicate; G ± stipitate; fruit (septi- + loculicidal capsule), with raised annular rim at base [= deciduous C]; fruit a berry or 4-valved capsule; seeds (narrowly winged); exotestal cells somewhat thickened on all walls - Cestrum; embryo ± straight, cotyledons quite broad, usu <50% emb. length; n = 8, chromosomes 6-14 µm long, Arabidopsis-type telomeres absent.
3/190: Cestrum (175). Tropical and subtropical America.
Synonymy: Cestraceae Schlechtendal
?. Benthamielleae Hunziger
Herbs, inc. cushion plants, to shrubs; cork cambium pericyclic (superficial - Benthamiella); (stem, petiole, massively lignified - Pantacantha); leaf base sheathing (not); bracteoles +; C valvate-induplicate or contorted-conduplicate; pollen tricolp(oroid)ate, surface rugulate, rugulae striate; ovules 4-10/carpel; (fruit partly loculicidal); <7 seeds/capsule; endosperm copious, embryo curved, cots <1/2 length of embryo; n = 11.
3/15. Argentina, Chile.
4A. Reyesia C. Gay
Annuals to perennial subshrubs; cork cambium pericyclic; flowers single, weakly monosymmetric; A 4 or 2 + 2 adaxial staminodes, abaxial stamens with unequal divergent thecae; (pollen in tetrads); style (hollow), spathulate apically, stigma on margin; fruit a 2-4-valved capsule; embryo coiled, cots incumbent, ca 20%; n = ?
1/4. N. Chile, adjacent Argentina (map: from Hunziker & Subils 1979).
[Schwenkieae [Petunioideae [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae]]] (if this clade exists): endothecial thickenings variable.
5. Schwenkieae Hunziger
Herbs (annuals) to shrubs; pericyclic fibres +; inflorescence a raceme, or with ± cymose branches; flowers monosymmetric; C aestivation valvate-con/induplicate, lobes 3-lobed; A 4, didynamous, or 2 + 3 staminodes; (G with 1 loculus, 1 ovule); fruit a capsule; endosperm copious to scanty, embryo ± straight, cots 33, 25%; n = 12.
2/31: Schwenkia (25). Mexico to Argentina, the Antilles.
[Petunioideae [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae]] (if this clade exists): low concentrations pyrrolidine-type nicotinoids; branching particularly distinctive [see below]; genome triplication.
Age. This node has been dated to (28-)25, 23(-20) Ma (Wikström et al. 2001) or ca 28 Ma (Särkinen et al. 2013). For dates of the genome triplication - estimated to be anything from 95-39 Ma or so - see Genes and Genomes below.
6. Petunioideae Thorne & Reveal
Herbs to shrubs; (polyhydroxylated nortropane alkaloids [calystegins] + - Brunfelsia); (root cork cambium superficial); (tracheids +); (stem cork cambium deep-seated); bordered pits +; pericyclic fibres +(0); druses 0(+); (flowers monosymmetric); (K with hypodermal crystals); C cochlear, contorted, reciprocative [anterior C induplicate, covers other 4, conduplicate]; A 4(-5), usu. didynamous; (pollen in tetrads); (nectary 0 - Nierembergia); fruit a capsule, 4(2)-valved; endosperm copious, embryo straight to slightly curved, 55-25%; n = 7-11; plastid transmission biparental [Brun/Pet].
13/160: Brunfelsia (45), Petunia (35). Central and South America.
[Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae]: (cotyledons accumbent); x = 12.
Age. The age of this clade has been estimated at ca 23.7 Ma (Wu & Tanksley 2010; Y. Wang et al. 2008), (17-)14, 12(-9) Ma (Wikström et al. 2001), (25.5-)24.0(-23.0) or ca 29 Ma (Särkinen et al. 2013), ca 30.2 or 26.2 Ma (Naumann et al. 2013), and (72.8-)44.7(-23.0) Ma (Eserman et al. 2013).
7. Nicotianoideae Miers
Pyrrolidine-type nicotinoids; A 4 (staminode +), 5, (didynamous); fruit a 4-lobed capsule, K at most weakly accrescent, seeds many; endosperm copious, embryo (straight?).
7. Nicotianeae Dumortier
Herbs (annual) to small trees; (cork cambium pericyclic); C contorted-conduplicate; embryo straight to slightly (strongly - 20%) curved, cots usu. <50%; n also = 9, 10, 16.
1/95: South America E. of the Andes, S.W. North America, Australia, 1 sp. Africa.
Synonymy; Nicotianaceae Martynov
7. Anthocercideae G. Don
Shrubs to trees; (polyhydroxylated nortropane alkaloids [calystegins] + - Duboisia); pericyclic fibres +/0; (cork cambium pericyclic); (K with hypodermal crystals); C valvate-supervolute; (anthers monothecal, reniform); pollen tricolpate, colpus membrane granular, surface striate; fruit a septi-loculicidal capsule (berry), seeds 2<; endosperm copious, with oil sector (oil 0, starchy), embryo curved, cots <15%; n = 16, 18, 28, 30....
7/31. Australia, 1 sp. New Caledonia.
8. Solanoideae Kosteletzky
Pyrrolidine alkaloids [hygrine, etc.], polyhydroxylated nortropane alkaloids [calystegins], withanolides + [substituted steroidal lactones]; pits not vestured; (interxylary phloem +); C valvate, cochlear, contorted; A 5 (4); integument 7-13 cells across; fruit a berry, (K very accrescent), seeds flattened, hilum ± lateral; exotestal cells with sinuous anticlinal walls, (radially elongated); endosperm cellular, ± copious, embryo curved, often coiled; chromosomes 1-14 µm long.
62/1,946. World-wide, but esp. South America. [Photo - Flower, Iochroma Flower, Przewalkskia Fruiting Calyx.]
Age. The age of crown-group Solanoideae has been estimated to be (23.3-)21.0(-19.0) Ma (Särkinen et al. 2013) or ca 54 Ma (Dupin & Smith 2018).
Fossils perhaps to be assigned to Solanoideae are dated at ca 33.9 Ma (Martínez-Millán 2010); see also below under Physalideae.
[Hyoscyameae [Sclerophylax, Nolaneae, Lycieae]: ?
Perennial herbs, with thick rhizomes/fleshy roots; flowers usu. solitary; C aestivation cochleate; stigma discoid-capitate (depressed); K accrescent, capsule circumscissile; (endosperm helobial); cots ca 50% or somewhat less; n also = 14, 17, 18....
7/36. Eurasia, North Africa, Madeira, Canary Islands.
Synonymy: Atropaceae Martynov, Hyoscyamaceae Vest
[Sclerophylax, Nolaneae, Lycieae]: ?
8. Sclerophylax Miers
Annual to perennial herbs; (raphides and crystal sand +); stomata ± anisocytic [Cru]; leaves unequally geminate, succulent; flowers ± sessile; ovules 1(2)/carpel, pendulous, apotropous, integument ca 10 cells across; fruit indehiscent, K much accrescent and lignified, spiny; pericarp ca 2 cell layers across; testa 1 cell across, anticlinal walls sinuous; embryo straight (curved).
1/14. Argentina, adjacent Paraguay and Uruguay; halophytes.
Synonymy: Sclerophylacaceae Miers
8. Nolaneae Reichenbach
Herbs (annuals) to shrubs; crystal sand +; (leaves succulent); stamens of unequal lengths [heteranthy]; tapetal cells binucleate; G (3-)5, (tangentially divided), (style gynobasic); ovules 1-several/carpel; fruit nutlets, 1-several seeded; exotesta with anticlinal walls sinuous; endosperm moderate, cots ca 60%.
1/90. W. South America, N. Peru southwards, esp. near the coast (Loma), the Galapagos.
Synonymy: Nolanaceae Berchtold & J. Presl, nom. cons.
8. Lycieae Lowe
Plant thorny; glycine betaines +; C aestivation cochleate(-plicate); ovules 1-many carpel; fruit a berry (drupe, stones 1-4-seeded); cotyledons incumbent; n also = 18, etc..
1/92. Worldwide, esp. southern South America, southern Africa, and SW North America.
Synonymy: Lyciaceae Rafinesque
8. Mandragoreae Reichenbach
Perennial herbs, roots fleshy; C cochleate; stigma capitate; fruit a berry; endosperm slight, cotyledons unequal, >50% length
1/3. Mediterranean Europe to Sino-Himalayan region; distribution not continuous.
Herbs to shrubs; C valvate in-/conduplicate; pollen tricellular; stigma capitate-bilobed; fruit a bery; endosperm slight to abundant, embryo curved.
1/22. Temperate South America, esp. Chile.
8. Solandreae Miers (inc. Juanulloeae)
Shrubs (epiphytic), lianes; lamina succulent/leathery, (margin entire), (venation indistinct); flowers often large [>2cm long/across], pendulous; C cochleate/valvate; pollen grains oblate to spherical, surface various, inc. spinose; G (semi-inferior), [2-10]; fruit a bery; seeds many; endosperm (sparse), embryo (slightly curved - Markea), cotyledons ac-/incumbent/oblique, <50% length.
10/63. Mexico to S. Brazil, Antilles, mostly Andean Ecuador and Colombia.
[[Nicandreae + Datureae] [Solaneae [Capsiceae + Physalideae]]]: ?
[Nicandreae + Datureae]: flowers solitary.
8. Nicandreae Lowe
Annual herbs; K segments auriculate, C cochlear-plicate; G [3-5], stigma capitate-lobed; fruit a berry, K strongly accrescent; cots <1/2 length; n [rather odd] = 10, 19, etc..
1/3. Peru to N. Argentina.
8. Datureae Dumortier
Annual herbs to small trees; (thorns +); (short shoots + - Trompettia); flowers large [>3cm long]; C contorted-conduplicate; A latrorse/extrorse; pollen surface ± striate, striae with longitudinal or oblique ornamentation; stigma ± bilobed; fruit a septi-loculidal capsule/berry, (K deciduous); seeds many, flattened, with elaiosome/± tetrahedral, ± corky; embryo coiled, cots <50% length.
3/20. SW U.S.A. and Mexico, Venezuela to Bolivia, Brasil (Atlantic Forest).
Age. The age of Datureae is (46.9-)34.7(-23.8) Ma (Dupin & Smith 2018).
Synonymy: Daturaceae Berchtold & J. Presl
[Solaneae [Capsiceae + Physalideae]]: fruit a berry.
Herbs (annual) to shrubs (climbing); flowers "axillary"; K divided ± to base; (filaments expanded at apex); pollen tricellular; endosperm slight, embryo curved.
1/20. Mexico, The Andes.
Age. The age of this clade is estimated to be ca 27.6 Ma (Hoshino et al. 2016: Sol. + Cap.).
8. Solaneae Dumortier
Herbs (annuals) to shrubs; (primary root to hexarch); (stellate hairs +), (prickles +); C rotate, aestivation valvate or valvate induplicate, (tubular), (campanulate); anthers dehiscing by pores, and/or ± connate and pollen exiting communal apical hole, (free, with slits), filaments enlarged at base; endothecium 0; (nectary 0 - Solanum); stigma capitate or biobed; ?cotyledons; (n = 11, 15), nuclear genome [1C] 1.26-2.08 pg.
2/1,480 Solanum (1,400), Jaltomata (80). ± Worldwide, esp. South America.
[Capsiceae + Physalideae]: ?
8. Capsiceae Dumortier
Herbs to trees (vines); K lobes (0) 5-10, linear, C rotate to stellate, valvate; (anthers dehiscing by pores); stigma discoid to bilobed; K not accrescent, fruit (a drupe, with 1-2-seeded pyrenes); cots ca 50%; (n = 13).
2/232: Lycianthes (200). Southern U.S.A. to Argentina, East Asia.
8. Physalideae Miers
Perennial herbs to small trees; inflorescence axillary fascicles; K (entire - Witheringia), C valvate (contorted); (stapet auriculate/filaments winged); stigma capitate to bilobed; K not/some/very [= inflated] accrescent in fruit; endosperm (scanty), cotyledons = or much shorter; chromosomes asymmetrical (symmetrical - Iochrominae).
29/ca 300: Physalis (90), Deprea (50). The Americas, Withania scattered in the Old World, also St Helena, Hawai'i,the Canaries.
Age. Wilf et al. (2015, esp. 2017a) describe ca 52.2 Ma fossil fruits from Chubut, Argentina, which they place in crown Physalis; not only is this over twice the age of crown Solanoideae above, but the fossil is in a quite derived clade within Solanoideae. See Deanna et al. (2018b/2019) for the repeated evolution of inflated calyces in Physalideae; this occurred some 24 times, and was lost only twice (the step from non-accrescent to accrescent-appressed calyces never reversed).
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. Even if Särkinen et al. (2018) are correct in their suggestion that the ca 52.2 Ma fossil from Argentina placed in Physalis (Wilf et al. 2017a) should be assigned to stem Solanoideae, there are still major problems with dating - stem Solanoideae are estimated to be (25.5-)24.0(-23.0) or ca 29 Ma (Särkinen et al. 2013). However, a recent estimate of the age of crown-group Solanoideae is ca 54 Ma (Dupin & Smith 2018), while Särkinen et al. (2018) suggest that the fossil Solanispermum and Solanum arnense, 48-44 Ma, also might represent stem Solanoideae, however, the ca 50 Ma Cantisolanum daturoides is probably the seed of a commelinid monocot...
The early-diverging clades in the family are currently temperate and/or Andean-South American in distribution, perhaps reflecting its original climatic preferences (Olmstead 2013: much more on possible niche conservatism here). The family is most diverse in the New World, particularly South America, where it grows in a variety of habitats, including along the foggy west coast, where it is particularly common - with ca 75 endemic species - in Lomas vegetation (Barboza et al. 2016). Solanaceae are less common elsewhere, particularly in Africa. Solanaceae may have had a New World origin, with perhaps 8-9 dispersal events to the Old World (Tu et al. 2010; Dupin et al. 2017) - or, given the early Eocene age of the Patagonian fossil of Physalis, old continental configurations may have facilitated the early distribution of the family (Wilf et al. 2017a). Olmstead (2013) suggested that dispersal was involved in ten clades, but he could not find any connection between the likelihood of dispersal and disseminule type (dry versus fleshy). The Malagasy endemic Tsoala (Goetzioideae) was found to be sister to Metternichia, from Minas Geraes, Brazil (Särkinen et al. 2013: Add. File 2), and Janssens et al. (2015) suggested that long distance dispersal (America to Madagascar) was involved in setting up this disjuction. Interestingly, SI Lycium dispersed to Africa, presumably with a dispersal-caused bottleneck in the diversity of SI alleles, but there was subsequent restoration of this diversity (J. S. Miller et al. 2008). Somewhat less dramatically, Datureae spread from Andean South America to Brasil and Central and North America (Dupin & Smith 2019).
Accepting the age estimates of Särkinen et al. (2013), there was a ca 20 Ma hiatus or "fuse" between the origination of the family and its crown-group diversification. The [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae] clade includes ca 85% of the species in the family (Olmstead & Sweere 1994), and Schranz et al. (2012) suggested that there was a lag time between a duplication event that characterizes this clade and its subsequent diversification, largely represented by the speciose Solanoideae with their fleshy fruits (see also Vanneste et al. 2014b). Bombarely et al. (2016) suggest that genes involved floral picgmentation patterns may have evolved considerably after a genome triplication event. Soltis et al. (2009) place a genome duplication as an apomorphy of the species-rich Solanoideae, although with hesitation - however, ages for the event vary (see also Genes and Genomes below), and it may have nothing particularly to do with Solanaceae at all. Vanneste et al. (2015) link the evolution of fruit fleshiness - especially evident in Solanoideae - in the family to the genome triplication event, and L. Wang et al. (2015) also discuss the development and evolution of fruit morphology in the family.
The crown-group age for the ca 1,500 species of Solanum (inc. tomato and eggplant) is a mere 15.5 Ma or so (add Capsicum - ca 19.6 My: Wu & Tanksley 2010; Y. Wang et al. 2008); Paape et al. (2008: see also estimates for other nodes) gave ages of (20.6-)16.1(-12.2) Ma, while (17.5-)15.5(-13.3) Ma ((18.7-)17.0(-14.5 My) - Jaltomata sister, (21.0-)19.1(-17.0) Ma - Capsicum) are estimates in Särkinen et al. (2013, q.v. for much else). Adaptation in Solanum sect. Lycopersicon was linked to introgression, recruitment from ancestral variation, and de novo mutations (Pease et al. 2016). Clarkson et al. (2017) discuss diversification in Nicotiana, interestingly, there was a 4-6 Ma lag in the polyploidy event associated with the origin of section Suaveolentes, with ca 26 species, and its subsequent diversification, although the cause of this is unclear; N. africanum, from Namibia, is sister to the rest of the group. Younger ploidy events are not associated with much diversification at all.
Larter et al. (2018) looked at changes in colour of the corolla in the Iochroma group (Solanoideae) and found developmental parallelisms at the level of regulatory control.
For withanolides - steroidal lactones, many based on a C28 ergostane with a δ-lactone/lactol side chain - and phylogeny, see Misico et al. (2011; also Burton and Oberti 2000; L. Chen et al. 2011; Pigatto et al. 2014), however, it has been found that an enzyme involved in an early step of withanolide synthesis is also involved in the synthesis of C28 petuniasterones, although it has not been found in Nicotiana (Knoch et al. 2018), so the story is becoming more complex.
The massive amounts of data in Hunziker (2001) could usefully be integrated with the phylogeny.
Ecology & Physiology. Solanaceae are an important component of understory vegetation in the l.t.r.f. of the New World. Solanum in particular, with its relatively nutritious fruits, is an important food source for Sturnira, a phyllostomid bat (Fleming 1986; Lobova et al. 2009 for records). The bats are slow feeders and spit out seeds, fibre, etc.; Solanum, like other bat-dispersed taxa in the New World, tend to be early successional plants (Muscarella & Fleming 2008), and the altitudinal ranges of the bats and plants are similar (Fleming 1986).
For the evolution of Nolana, a clade of the coastal deserts (lomas) in the Atacama Desert of W. South America, see Dillon et al. (2009); the genus was perhaps originally from Peru. Nolana is the most speciose genus in this remarkable Peruvian-Chilean vegetation. These hyperarid deserts, i.e., with ≤5 mm rain/year have been dated to ca 8 Myb.p., and a clade of Nolana invaded the Atacama desert ca 3.8 Ma, and another five clades rather later, ca 2 Ma - interestingly, the region has been semiarid, with ≤250 mm rain/year, since the Late Jurassic ca 150 Ma (Guerrero et al. 2013).
Pollination Biology & Seed Dispersal. Cocucci (1999) and Knapp (2002a, 2010) summarise information on pollinators and basic floral morphology of Solanaceae. J. Zhang and Zhang (2016) and Zhang et al. (2017) discuss the fact that monosymmetry is more frequently expressed in the androecium than in the corolla - it is almost twice as frequent in the former, although monosymmetry in the two is correlated. Overall, monosymmetry has been gained 17-20 times in the corolla and lost 24-26 times in the androecium (Zhang et al. 2017: findings depend on breaking down the character "monosymmetry"). The basic plane of symmetry of the flower is at 36o to the vertical, and it is the abaxial stamen along that plane that is first to be modified (Robyns 1931; Zhang et al. 2017).
More or less well developed 3:2 monosymmetry is quite common (see also Eichler 1875; Robyns 1931; Cocucci 1989; Hunziker 2001; Knapp 2002a; Ampornpan & Armstrong 2002; Bukhari et al. 2017). In the complex monosymmetric flowers of Schizanthus dehiscence of the two functional anthers is explosive (Cocucci 1989a); for floral evolution in the genus, not very speciose, see Pérez et al. (2006: midpoint rooting). Nierembergia (Petunioideae), with ca 21 species, has oil flowers, the oil being secreted by multicellular hairs (Coccucci 1991; Possobom & Machado 2017a; Tölke et al. 2019 and references; Tate et al. 2009 for a phylogeny). It has recently been shown that the Carolina sphinx/tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, is preferentially attracted to Nicotiana flowers that have a corolla tube the "right" length for its proboscis by the particular volatiles produced by those flowers, but not those by flowers with tubes of different lengths - so co-evolution (see Haverkamp et al. 2016)?, and/but what about other flowers the moth pollinates?
Within Solanoideae, the Andean Iochrominae are notably diverse florally and have a variety of pollinators, and there is significant variation in flower colour in both bee- and bird-pollinated species when in sympatry (S. D. Smith & Baum 2006; Muchhala et al. 2014; Smith et al. 2018). Ibañez et al. (2018) examined the evolution of corolla tube length in Andean Salpichroa, finding both increases (pollination by Ensifera ensifera) and decreases. Ng and Smith (2016) look at the evolution of red flowers in the family - ca 34 species have such flowers, and there have been some 30 origins of the colour, all within the last 11 Ma. Although the red colour is produced in three main ways, closely related species are likely to be red in the same way (Ng & Smith 2016). Zygomorphy and heteranthy, which in this context is really a kind of zygomorphy (see also Zhang et al. 2017), have evolved several times in Solanum, also in other Solanoideae like Sclerophylax, etc. (Bohs et al. 2007). In heteranthous flowers some of the anthers may be feeding anthers, while others deposit pollen on the pollinator in such a way that pollination can take place (Stern & Bohs 2012). Buzz pollination is common in Solanum (see Cocucci 1999; Teppner 2005: pollination of the tomato; Harter et al. 2002; Carrizo García et al. 2008; Falcão & Stehmann 2018; Cardinal et al. 2018: buzz pollination in general), and over a million pollen grains can be produced by a single flower (G. J. Anderson & Symon 1988). The corolla is often rotate, the flowers lack nectar and the anthers dehisce by terminal pores, all features of buzz-pollinated flowers. A number of species of Cyphomandra (= S. subgenus Leptostemon) are pollinated by orchid bees that collect fragrances from the connectives, simultaneously pushing against the thin walls of the anthers which behave as little bellows, directing jets of pollen on to the bees (Sazima et al. 1993). In Jaltomata, sister to Solanum, there is considerable variation in corolla morphology (buzz pollination is uncommon here) as well as in the dynamics of nectar secretion that can be interpreted in terms of heterochronic shifts (Kostyun et al. 2017); nectar here may be red (R. J. Miller et al. 2013). Lycianthes is another genus that has buzz pollination, and interestingly Capsicum, in which nectar is the main reward, may be derived from within it (Särkinen et al. 2013; Carrizo García et al. 2016; Spalink et al. 2018). A number of Solanoideae have capillary nectary grooves on the bases of the petals along which nectary moves, sometimes to dark spots on the corolla whence it is removed (Dong et al. 2013). Oil may be collected by bees, as in Nierembergia (Cocucci 1991). For the evolution of floral scents, see Martins et al. (2007).
The common ancestor of Solanaceae is likely to have had RNase-based gametophytic self incompatibility (SI) (Paape et al. 2008), and self-compatability (SC) has since evolved many times, but never SI from SC; for a detailed study of the frequent loss of gametophytic incompatibility in Solanaceae, see Igic et al. (2006). Overall diversification of SI clades is greater than that of SC clades, yet SC species are frequent perhaps because of the frequency of the SI → SC transition and high speciation within those clades - and they also have high extinction rates (Goldberg & Igic 2012: scoring of dioecious taxa?; Goldberg et al. 2010), although other models fit the data (Bromham et al. 2015b). For the loss of SI in Jaltomata, which happened a relativey long time ago (>3 Ma), see M. Wu et al. (2019). The evolution of polyploidy and self-compatibility in the family are correlated (J. S. Miller at al. 2008; Robertson et al. 2010). For the evolution of breeding systems in Lycium and Solanum, see Goldberg et al. (2017).
How seeds are dispersed is very much what fruit morphology might suggest (see Knapp 2002b for a summary; see also Vanneste et al. 2015: evolution of fruit fleshiness; L. Wang et al. 2015: evolution of fruit morphology). In Physalideae in particular, taxa with an inflated calyx are common ("japanese lanterns"), and although the function of such a calyx is unclear, there have been ca 24 transitions to a fully inflated calyx - and very few reversals (Deanna et al. 2018b/2019). The berries of Solanum sect. Gonatotrichum are explosive... (Stern & Bohs 2012).
Plant-Animal Interactions. Most Solanaceae synthesize a variety of metabolites including nicotinoids, capsaicinoids, and steroidal alkaloids and withanolides of varying degrees of toxicity that defend the plant against herbivores (Wink 2003; Misico et al. 2011: withanolides), and the multiple lines of defence in the plants cause most insect herbivores to avoid them (Harborne 1986; Hsiao 1986). Nevertheless, New World Solanaceae are eaten by larvae of some 390 species of Nymphalidae-Danaeinae-Ithomiini (or Ithomiinae) butterflies, and the butterflies seem to have switched host plants from Apocynaceae q.v., perhaps Parsonsieae in particular (they also eat a few Gesneriaceae: Ehrlich & Raven 1964; Edgar 1984; Brown 1987; Drummond & Brown 1987; Willmott & Freitas 2006). Diversification may have picked up some time after the switch to Solanaceae, since the basal ithomiine subtribes Melinaeina and Mechanitina are not particularly diverse (Peña & Espeland 2015). There seem to be no records of caterpillars eating Schizanthoideae, Goetzeoideae or Schwenkioideae, but Solanum is particularly favoured comprising ca 70% records of neotropical Solanaceae food sources and ca 89% those of all Ithomiini (Willmott & Freitas 2006; see also Brower et al. 2006; Garzón-Orduña et al. 2015; Peña & Espeland 2015). Interestingly, apart from the exceptions mentioned, most species of Solanaceae are eaten by ithomiine larvae, perhaps suggesting that the host plant niche is almost saturated by the butterfly (Willmott & Elias, in Elias et al. 2009). Strict co-evolution seems not to be involved (see also De-Silva et al. 2017), but the diversification rate of the butterflies seems to have temporarily increased with this shift (Fordyce 2010) which occurred within a larger clade of butterflies that utilizes Solanaceae (Hamm & Fordyce 2015). The mimicry rings in which Ithomiini are involved may be associated with particular solanaceous host plants (Willmott & Mallet 2004).
However, the timing of this ithomiine radiation is problematic. Their move on to Solanaceae has been estimated as happening 46-37 Ma (Nylin et al. 2013 and references), with diversification beginning at middle elevations on the Andes in the middle Miocene some 15 Ma; Solanaceae are common all along the Andes today (Elias et al. 2009). Wahlberg et al. (2009) had suggested that Ithomiini were (40.3-)37.1(-34) Ma old. Using calibrations derived from the Solanaceae phylogeny of Särkinen et al. (2013), Garzón-Orduña et al. (2015: Nylin et al. not mentioned) estimated that the ages for nodes within Ithomiini in particular were about half the ages of those suggested by Wahlberg et al. (2009). The ithomiine Pteronymia and relatives seem to be quite young, younger than their hosts - thus the age of crown Solanum is some (29.5-)20.9(-14.5) Ma, while the origin and diversification of ithomiine clades in the northern Andes has occurred within the last 15-10 Ma (see above: De-Silva et al. 2017), ithomiines as a whole started diversifying ca 33 Ma (De-Silva et al. 2017; see Wahlberg et al. 2009; c.f. Garzó-Orduña et al. 2015). Neverhteless, the age of a major ithomiine clade [Mechanitina—Godyridina, see Garzón-Orduña et al. 2015) for which feeding on Solanum may be basal was estimated to be around 30Ma by Wahlberg et al. (2009), far older than estimated ages of Solanum, some ages above being (20.6-)16.1, 15.5(-12.2) Ma. These younger ages were not only consistent with host-plant ages, but they fit scenarios of Andean uplift better. However, if there are 52 Ma fossils of crown Physalis from Argentina (Wilf et al. 2015, esp. 2017a), what then?
Some ithomiine larvae may be distasteful because of the alkaloids, etc., in the leaves they eat, although this seems to be at best uncommon (Drummond 1986; Brown 1987), but the noxious solanaceous chemicals may both guide oviposition by adults and the feeding preferences of the larvae: "Though the butterflies may be able to recognise their food plants, biologists have greater difficulty in Solanaceae identification" (Brown 1987: p. 373). Ithomiine butterfies are also distasteful because of the 1,2-dehydropyrrolizidine alkaloids monoesters that the adults obtain mostly from Apocynaceae, Heliotropaceae and Asteraceae-Asteroideae (especially Eupatorieae), and these can also be the precursors of the pheromones that they produce. The butterflies are quite palatable immediately after hatching, but that soon changes, and massive amounts (to ca 20% dry weight) of these chemicals may be sequestered (Brown 1987). Interestingly, Ithomiini preferentially visit bait with withered flowers, while Arctiinae moths, who also go after these alkaloids, prefer crushed roots. For self-medication by arctiine caterpillars on material high in alkaloids, see Singer et al. (2008), and for a survey of the insecticidal properties of alkaloids, especially steroidal glycoalkaloids and tropane alkaloids, found in Solanaceae, see Chowanski et al. (2016).
Tobacco hornworm caterpillars prefer members of the [Solanoideae + Nicotianoideae] clade as food sources, although they didn't like Nicandra much; they died on Petunia, and did not grow on Browallia and Brunfelsia. Other plant feeders show similar distinctive patterns (e.g. Fraenkel 1959), thus some sphingids are found here and on Oleaceae (Forbes 1958). Rauscher and Huang (2015) note that a gene duplication of the threonine deaminase in Nicotianoideae and Solanoideae is involved in herbivore defence, sometimes by depleting threonine in the gut of the caterpillar; selection on this gene may have been very prolonged, for around 25 Ma or far more. Phytophagous Chrysomelidae beetles (perhaps especially Criocerinae) are notably more common on New World than Old World Solanaceae, perhaps because the beetles first used the family as a food source in the former area (Jolivet & Hawkeswood 1995; see also Hsiao 1986); Criocerinae may have moved onto Solanaceae from monocots. Chrysomelinae and Megalpodinae are also found on New World Solanaceae (Jolivet 1988). The larvae are covered by faecal shields (Vencl & Morton 1999; see Gómez-Zurita et al. 2007). Finally, in Solanum dulamara nectar exudes from wounds and attracts ants that protect the plant against herbivores; this composition of this exudate, largely sucrose, differs from that of phloem sap which contains other sugars, amino acids, etc., and, like extrafloral nectar itself, wound secretions are induced by jasmonate (Lortzing et al. 2016; also Heil et al. 2015, see also Fagaceae).
Recent work shows the complexity of some of the herbivore-plant interactions here. Polydnaviruses in the larvae of braconid wasps that parasitize noctuid corn earworm caterpillars eating tomato plants are able to manipulate various aspects of what may be a tri- or tetratrophic interaction to their own benefit. Here the effect that the caterpillar saliva normally has in inducing plant defences is reduced, ultimately to the benefit of the parasitoid and its associated viruses (Tan et al. 2018). Oher viruses of this group suppress the reation of the host caterpillar against the wasp eggs (Tan et al. 2018). Similar interactions are likely to be widespread.
There are many hair types, perhaps especially in Solanoideae (see Seithe 1962, 1979; Seithe & Sullivan 1990 and references). Touch-sensitive trichomes are common in Solanoideae (or perhaps they have simply been much studied here), as are glandular hairs of various types. Insect-deterrent secretions are produced when the sensitive hairs are brushed by the insect; the secretions they produce may contain poisonous/deterrent metabolites such as sequiterpenes, or they may rapidly oxidise and become sticky, so trapping and killing small insects, or they hydrolyse, and attract insects that then target caterpillars eating the plant (van Dam & Hare 1998; Kellogg et al. 2002; Weinhold & Baldwin 2011; Bleeker et al. 2011; Kim et al. 2011 and references). In Solanum in particular acylsugars, with acyl groups variously attached e.g. to pyranose or furanose rings of a disaccharide, protect against both herbivores and fungal pathogens (Fan et al. 2019). (Acyl groups - R-C(=O)- - attach as follows: R-C(=O)-O-R'.) Quite simple changes in the enzymes involved in tranferring the acyl groups to the sugars result in changes in the positions to which these acyl groups are transferred, hence increasing the diversity of the acylsugar protectants (Fan et al. 2019). The diversity of these acylsugars is very great, some plants having 300 or more different types; within Solanaceae they are produced by the clade [Salpiglossis + Solanum], but not by Convolvulaceae (Moghe et al. 2017); see also elsewhere for the evolution of acylsugars. odorless-2 mutants of tomatoes producing only very small amounts of metabolites like monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and flavonoids were found to be susceptible to herbivory by the Colorado potato beetle and Manduca sexta larvae in the field, interestingly, these mutants do produce protectants like acyl sugars and glycoalkaloids but produce only a few of a particular type of glandular hairs presumably involved in the compromised protectant pathway (Kang et al. 2010). There is another wrinkle to the possession of dense, glandular trichomes (Glas et al. 2012) - mirid bugs of subtribe Dicyphini in particular are able to walk easily on the plant despite these hairs and may eat the trapped insects (Wheeler & Krimmel 2015), and then nitrogen may be taken up by the leaf from the excreta of the bugs (Spomer 1999), so this may be a form of indirect carnivory (B. Anderson 2005).
For similar systems, see Inga, Piper, Eugenia, Protium, etc., Passiflora and Psychotria.
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. The distinctively pungent capsaicanoids of chilis (Capsicum spp.) are involved in the protection of the fruit against the fruit-destroying Fusarium fungus (Tewksbury et al. 2008). Capsaicins can be synthesized by the ascomycetous endophytic fungus Alternaria (Devari et al. 2014).
Vegetative Variation. Leaves in the fertile part of the stem of Solanaceae, perhaps especially in Solanoideae, are often unequally geminate and/or branching is not simply axillary. Petunia can have ordinary-looking cymose inflorescences, but Schwenkia, Schizanthus and many other taxa have more or less recaulescent bracts, only one branch of the cymose inflorescence is developed at each node, or the two branches develop in different ways, etc.. This makes interpretation of the construction of the plant difficult (see especially Danert 1958; also Child 1979; Child & Lester 1991; A. D. Bell & Dines 1995). Castel et al. (2010) suggest similarities in the inflorescences of at least members of Petunioideae and Solanoideae, and they note that the absence of bracts may be only apparent. Detailed studies on Solanum lycopersicum show that after germination and a brief monopodial growth phase only a few phytomers (= leaf, axillary bud, internode, terminal meristem) in duration, the terminal meristem becomes an inflorescence in which the phytomers consist of a terminal flower plus an "axillary" bud but no subtending leaf, and the axillary bud continues the growth of the inflorescence, the process repeating itself and the result being a monochasial cyme. An axillary bud from the last cauline leaf also grows out, produces a few phytomers with leaves, and then the whole process repeats iself (esp. Sawhney & Greyson 1972 and Périlleux et al. 2014; also Danert 1967; Lippman et al. 2008). Heterochrony during meristem maturation may help generate the diversity of inflorescence morphologies around Solanum (Lemmon et al. 2016); Capsicum and Nicotiana (N. benthamiana) were the two species with "single-flowered inflorescences" examined, and they have flowers that are not axillary. Lemmon et al. (2016) found that genes involved in floral meristem identity were precociously expressed in the single-flowered species. On the other hand, delayed maturation of the inflorescence in Solanum lycopersicum led to much more branching in the inflorescence (Park et al. 2012, see also 2014). There are similarities at the genetic level between shoot branching and leaf dissection, and the abscission zone of the fruit, made up of arrested meristematic cells, is also involved in the same regulatory network (Busch et al. 2011; Périlleux et al. 2014). In addition, the bracts/leaves may be concaulescent or recaulescent (Barboza et al. 2016). Although Barboza et al. (2016) describe the nodes as being of one trace, one gap, in the flowering part of the stem things get a lot more complicated (see e.g. di Fulvio 1961). The growth pattern of Nolanaceae (= Nolaneae) is very like that of other Solanoideae (see also Eichler 1874). Finally, Goetzea has an odd growth pattern, although how it relates to those just discussed is unclear.
Genes & Genomes. A genome duplication event specific to Solanaceae has been dated to ca 50-52 Ma (Schlueter et al. 2004) or (64.8-)63.7, 59.6(-57.5) Ma (Vanneste et al. 2014b) - see also Gao et al. (2018). A genome duplication (?the same) has been dated to ca 67 Ma (Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium 2011) and a triplication to (90.4-)71(-51.6) Ma (Tomato Genome Consortium 2012) or at least 30 Ma (Bombarely et al. 2016- see also Gao et al. 2018 for estimates), and there is perhaps another duplication event at 23-18 Ma (Blanc & Wolfe 2004). However, F. Wu et al. (2006) dismissed the possibility that there had been a genome duplication either on the branch leading to or within Solanaceae (see also Robertson et al. 2010), although they did allow the possibility of a duplication well before the divergence of Solanales and Gentianales - perhaps the γ whole nuclear genome duplication/gamma triplication of the core eudicots (see also Bombarely et al. 2016 for this duplication in Solanaceae) Things are complicated: Landis et al. (2018) mention the LYBAα duplication estimated to have occurred ca 14.2 Ma in the ancestor of the [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae] clade and another duplication within/at the base of Solanoideae - but it includes Pyrenacantha (Icacinaceae)... Within Nicotiana increases in diversification - see especially the Suaveolentes group - are associated with genome duplications, and they occurred after a lag, but the duplications are at lower levels in the tree (Clarkson et al. 2017). P. Wang et al. (2018) examined gene family size in Solanaceae, and found that gene families involved in things like fruit ripening and secondary metabolism were very variable and tended to differ between species; such genes had evolved by tandem duplications, while housekeeping genes were less variable and tended to evolve by genome duplication.
F. Wu and Tanksley (2010) reconstructed the ancestral genome of the [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae] clade and the various changes that have occurred in the genomes of Nicotiana, tomato, pepper, and others. Within Nicotiana, there has been reticulate evolution both at the diploid and polyploid level, as was evident in an attempt to understand the origin of allopolyploid species of the section Suaveolentes (Kelly et al. 2012); for hybridization in the genus, see Soltis et al. (2016b and references). Hybridization is also common in Solanum, thus there has been much hybridization and introgression in species of Solanum with tubers and S. tuberosum itself, genomes in the latter showing very extensive diversity (Hardigan et al. 2017; see also Ovchinnikova et al. 2011), while there is much reticulation evident in the ancestry of the tomato, too, and no analyses of any of the 100 kb segments of the transcriptome - 2,743 of them - gave the species tree (Pease et al. 2016)... M. Wu (2019) look at the genome of Jaltomata and find that includes various amounts of the genome of related clades. For chromosome numbers in Solanoideae, see Robertson et al. (2010) and Chiarini et al. (2010); Chiarini et al. (2018) think about chromosome evolution in Solanum and Deanna et al. (2018a) that in Iochrominae. For chromosome numbers in Cestrum et al., see Las Penas et al. (2006); see also Knapp et al. (2004b).
Arabidopsis-type telomeres are absent from some Browallioideae (Sýkorová et al. 2003a). Cestreae in particular, which lack these telomeres, have chromosomes that at 7.21-11.51 µm long are considerably larger than those of the rest of the family, which are much smaller, e.g. 1.5-3.52 µm long in Nicotianoideae (Acosta et al. 2006; Tate et al. 2009). The genome of Solanum-Cyphomandra, at 2C = 49.6 pg DNA, is the most massive of any woody angiosperm (Schneider et al. 2015). For genome size variation in Jaltomata and neighbouuring genera - Copia and Gypsy transposable elements are involved - see M. Wu et al. (2019).
One or more functional genes from Agrobacterium rhizogenes are found in many, but not all, species of Nicotiana and may have coevolved with the plant genome (Intrieri & Buiatti 2002); horizontal gene transfer is relatively quite common in Solanaceae (Talianova & Janousek 2011). It has also occurred quite extensively and recently in the mitochondrial Cox-1 intron both within the family and from outside (Sanchez-Puerta et al. 2011).
Interestingly, Petunia (Petunioideae) and Hyoscyamus (Solanoideae) can be intergrafted (Taiz & Zeiger 2006). Cybrids, cytoplasmic hybrids containing genome(s) of two species, have been formed between Nicotiana tabacum (Nicotianoideae) and Hyoscyamus niger (Solanoideae) (Sanchez-Puerta et al. 2014), i.e. they are members of clades that diverged (90.4-)71-12(-9) Ma (see above)...
Economic Importance. Chillies (Capsicum annuum) were domesticated in Mexico, quite possibly in a number of places (Aguilar-Meléndez et al. 2009); other species of the genus are also economically important (Perry et al. 2007 and references); see also Carrizo García et al. (2016) for relationships in the genus. Not all species are pungent - see Haak et al. (2012) for hot peppers. For information on potatoes, rich in proteins and other nutrients, see Spooner et al. (2014). Note that there has been little recent improvement in potato cultivars, the main cultivars being a century or so old (but see Stokstad 2019). For the domestication of the tomato, see Bai and Lindhout (2007) and for its phylogeny, see Pease et al. (2016).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc. Lycium is recorded as accumulating glycine betaines, and some members at least are halophytic (Levin & Miller 2005). For alkaloids in Datureae, see Doncheva et al. (2006); Schizanthoideae have distinctive tropane alkaloids (Hunziker 2001). Glycoalkaloids/steroidal saponins are common here (Roddick 1996).
There is substantial variation in tissue patterns in the stem, for which see especially Cosa [de Gastiozora] et al. (1991, 1993, 1994), Liscovsky and Cosa (2005) and Liscovsky et al. (2002) and references; I have incorporated few details of variation in tissue distributions into the characterizations above. Cosa de Gastiazoro (1994) noted that cork cambium in the roots of three genera of Petunioideae she examined was "subexodermal" - superficial (see also Barboza et al. 2016: Fig. 56); the broader distribution of this feature is unclear. Licovsky et al. (2001) noted that the parenchyma cells around the protoxylem in Datura ferox divided forming files of cells and became considerably enlarged. Unusual stomata with degenerate guard cells have often been reported in the family (Cammerloher 1920; D'Arcy & Keating 1973). Chromosomal endoreduplication may be involved in the development of tubers in Solanum, and tuber enlargement there is the result of cell expansion, not cell division (Hardigan et al. 2017 and references).
Solanaceae have oblique floral orientation, the plane of symmetry sometimes changing during development. For floral development, see Ampornpan (1992, but c.f. Cocucci 1989b), for some floral anatomy, see Armstrong (1986). Knapp (2010) surveyed the considerable floral diversity in Solanaceae. The calyx and corolla are often open in development (Baehni 1946). In floral development, petal and stamen primordia together are lifted by zonal growth and the carpel primordia develop on a flat apex; in this respect there are some similarities between Solanaceae, Scrophulariaceae and Gesneriaceae, few with Montiniaceae (Huber 1980: 66-69; Ronse Decraene et al. 2000). For floral development in Datureae, see Yang et al. (2002). The flowers of Nolana have two long and two short stamens. There is considerable variation in corolla aestivation in the family (Ampornpan 1992). The patterns of endothecial thickenings in the family are very diverse (Carrizo García 2002), and quite large and complex stigmas are common (Cocucci 1991, 1995).
The two carpels so common in Solanaceae are often in the plane determined by the first sepal initiated; this is one of the abaxial pair and so is somewhat off the median (= bract-determined) plane. Indeed, the basic plane of symmetry in flowers like Salpiglossis and Schizanthus is oblique/inverted, and the abaxial (and also two adaxial) stamens are sterile (see also Ampornpan & Armstrong 2002 for flowers of Salpiglossis, G median, odd K and staminode abaxial). The complex flower of Schizanthus is described as having oblique rather than inverted symmetry (Cocucci 1989b: functionally equivalent), but c.f. Ampornpan (1992: p. 87), "Schizanthus bipinnatus showed no indication of any oblique orientation of either type", i.e. when the abaxial sepal was slightly oblique to the subtending bract and/or flowers were displaced by growth of axillary buds, and Walters (1969: p. 17), the gynoecium was "oriented obliquely to the symmetry of the corolla". For CYC gene expression here, see Preston et al. (2011b). Nolaneae, often separated from Solanaceae because of their distinctive gynoecium, have five carpels borne opposite the petals, but their number secondarily increases by tangential division; stamen and petal number are unaffected.
Androgenesis, an uncommon condition in which the male gamete produces an embryo in maternal cytoplasm, has been recorded in at least Petunia, Nicotiana and Capsicum, in Petunioideae, Nicotianoideae and Solanoideae respectively (Chat et al. 2003 for references; c.f. paternal apomixis in Cupressus).
For generic descriptions and much else, see Hunziker (2001), Barboza et al. (2016) and many volumes of Kurtziana; Goodspeed (1954) remains the classic account of Nicotiana. For general chemistry, see Hegnauer (1973, 1990, also 1966, 1990 as Nolanaceae) and Eich (2008), for the evolution of secondary metabolites, see Wink (2003 and references), and for calystegines (tropane alkaloids), see Dräger (2004), for wood anatomy, see Carlquist (1987a, 1988a, 1992d) and Jansen and Smets (2001: vestured pits - do Petunioideae and Nicotianoideae have them?). For floral vascularization, see Liscovsky et al. (2009 and references), for floral development, see Payer (1857), Sattler (1977), Bondeson (1986: Nolana) and Kostyun et al. (2017: Jaltomata), for floral development and inflorescence morphology, see Huber (1980), for nectaries, see Vogel (1998b), for pollen morphology, see Barboza (1989: tricellular pollen), Persson et al. (1994: Juanulloeae; 1999: Datureae), Knapp et al. (2000: Anthoboleae), Stafford and Knapp (2006: basal monosymmetric taxa), Z.-Y. Zhang et al. (2009: Hyoscyameae) and Gavrilova (2014) and Finot et al. (2018), both Nolana and relatives, for embryology, see di Fulvio (1969, 1971: Nolana), for fruit anatomy, see Pabon Mora and Litt (2007), for seed coat morphology and development, see Souèges (1907: the chalazal end of embryo sac described as "herniating"), for seed coat and embryo, see Wojciechowska (1972: European/cultivated taxa) and for the seed coat of mostly Physalidae, see Axelius (1992). For details of the distinctive Sclerophylax, see di Fulvio (1961).
Phylogeny. Relationships along the spine of Solanaceae are still poorly known; for early studies, see Olmstead & Palmer (1992) and Fay et al. (1998b). However, the grouping [Petunioideae [Solanoideae + Nicotianoideae]] is well supported in Olmstead et al. (1999), although less so in Olmstead and Santiago-Valentin (2003); see also Särkinen et al. (2013). In the summary tree of Olmstead and Bohs (2007), immediately below the clade [Solanoideae + Nicotianoideae] was a polytomy including Petunioideae, Cestroideae and Schwenkioideae (see Dillon et al. 2009 for another topology). Relationships between these latter clades had only weak support; Schwenkia might be sister to the rest of the family (Olmstead et al. 1999). Using the nuclear gene SAMT (salicylic acid methyl transferase), Martins and Barkman (2005) found Schizanthus in this position, and with rather strong support (see also Olmstead & Sweere 1994), with Schwenkia weakly linked with Cestroideae (see also Olmstead & Bohs 2007), yet Schizanthus has also been strongly associated with Nicandra (Zamora-Tavares et al. 2016: ?sampling). A Goetzioideae clade has included Duckeodendron as sister to the rest, but with only moderate support (Santiago-Valentin & Olmstead 2001, 2003); here Duckeodendron is left unaffiliated. Wu et al. (2006) found a strongly supported grouping of [Solanoideae [Petunioideae + Nicotianoideae]], the sequences analyzed coming from ten orthologous loci each on a different chromosome - but no other clades of the family were included. The two-gene tree in a study by Olmstead et al. (2008) is rather like that of Martins and Barkman (2005): [Schizanthoideae [Goetzioideae, Duckeodendron [[Cestroideae/Browallioideae, including Benthamiella et al.; their relationships have previously been unclear], Petunioideae, Schwenckioideae [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae]]]], but support is strong for relationships between the last pair of taxa alone (see also Ng & Smith 2016: Reyesia with Salpiglossis and Bouchetia - support moderate). Särkinen et al. (2013) added Reyesia to the taxa at the base of the tree whose inter-relationships are uncertain. Indeed, in this last study, [Petunioideae + Nicotianoideae] was the only well supported clade along the spine, although there was a weakly supported [Schwenkieae, Petunioideae, Cestroideae], even if it was unclear if Benthamiella was to be included in the latter. The distinctive Sclerophylax is to be included in Solanoideae (Olmstead et al. 2008). In a tree used for dating, clades including Cestrum, Browallia, Benthamiella, etc., and Schizanthus, Duckeodendron, etc., were successively sister to the rest of the family, made up of [Petunioideae [Nicotianoideae + Solanoideae]] (Särkinen et al. 2013: for details of the phylogeny, see add. file 2; Dupin et al. 2017).
Petunioideae. For the phylogeny of Brunfelsia, which moved to the Antilles, where it radiated, from South America, see Filipowicz and Renner (2012). Nicotianoideae. For a phylogeny of Nicotiana, sister to the largely Australian Anthocercideae, see Clarkson et al. (2004 and especially 2017); the eastern Andean section Tomentosae are sister to the rest of the genus.
Solanoideae. Carrizo García et al. (2018 and references) emphasized that Salpichroa and Jaborosa are not related, the former perhaps being sister to [Solaneae + Physalideae], the latter close to the Mandragora area; they suggest a phylogeny for Salpichroa. Capsiceae generally includes just two genera, but of the two Lycianthes is paraphyletic, Capsicum being embedded in it (Särkinen et al. 2013; Carrizo García et al. 2016; Spalink et al. 2018). Datureae: for relationships between all species included in this tribe, see Dupin and Smith (2018, 2019). Nicandra (Nicandreae) has been associated with Datureae (Sarkinen et al. 2013; Dupin & Smith 2018); see above. Nolaneae. For relationships within the distinctive Nolana, see Tago-Nakawaza and Dillon (1999), Dillon et al. (2007, 2009), Tu et al. (2008) and Guerrero et al. (2013); N. sessiliflora may be sister to the rest of the genus. Lycieae. Lycium is paraphyletic (Levin & Miller 2005; Levin et al. 2007, 2009, 2011); Lycium bridgesii may be sister to the rest of the genus, but this depends on the analysis. Physalideae. Relationships around Physalis are still poorly understood (Whitson & Manos 2005; Zamora-Tavares et al. 2016); for relationships within the florally diverse Deprea, see Deanna et al. (2017). Iochroma is polyphyletic (S. D. Smith & Baum 2008; Olmstead et al. 2008; Gates et al. 2018). Improved sampling is beginning to clarify things, thus Deanna et al. (2018b/2019) found that 8/27 sampled genera, including Physalis, and Withaninae (out of the three subtribes) were not monophyletic. Solandreae. Orejuela et al. (2017) discuss relationships in Solandreae; those along the spine are not well supported making generic delimitation a perilous occupation. Solaneae. The limits of Solanum hhave been expanded to include Cyphomandra and Lycopersicon (see Bohs 2005, 2007; Levin et al. 2006; Weese & Bohs 2007 [three genes, S. thelopodium sister to the rest, or unresolved in Bayesian analysis], Poczai et al. 2008; Särkinen et al. 2013, 2015: Thelopodium sister to the rest). Relationships within the speciose Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum, characterised by stellate hairs and prickles, are outlined by Stern et al. (2011) and Vorontsova et al. (2013: African taxa); there have been three invasions of the Old World (Aubriot et al. 2016a). Särkinen et al. (2015) tackle relationships within the large black nightshade clade (morelloid Solanum species). Tepe et al. (2016) discuss relationships in the potato clade, made up of ca 11 sections and 194 species, most of which are in section Petota which includes the potato, S. tuberosum, although section Petota, now at around 112 species, is less than half the size it was twenty five years ago. Jaltomata is sister to Solanum, and they have extensive genome similarity, and although the similarity of the Jaltomata genome is somewhat less with Capsicum, there has probably been introgression between these last two (M. Wu et al. 2019). The three major clades in Jaltomata are each characterised by fruit colour, and the red-fruited [J. antillana + J. auriculata] clade is sister to the rest of the genus (R. J. Miller et al. 2011).
Classification. For the main outlines of the classification above, see Olmstead et al. (2008), also Barboza et al. (2016). R. O. Olmstead in Satfford and Knapp (2006) included Benthamielleae in Petunioideae; for the circumscription of Lycium (= Lycieae), see Levin et al. (2011), and for that of Solandreae, see Orejuela et al. (2017). Knapp et al. (2004a) provide an infrageneric classification of Nicotiana that deals with the hybrid origin of some clades; these are put in sections separate from those to which their parents belong. Generic limits in Physalideae need adjusting - monotypic genera that make others paraphyletic are causing problems, and perhaps all Iochromineae should be placed in Iochroma (Deanna et al. 2018b/2019). Solanaceae Source includes information currently mostly about Solanum, but its coverage will expand.
Previous Relationships. Hutchinson (1973) placed Duckeodendraceae in Boraginaceae, but doubtfully; Cronquist (1981) kept it as a poorly-known family; Takhtajan (1997) placed it as a separate family in Solanales. Its carpels are oblique to the main axis of the flower (Kuhlmann 1934), as is appropriate for Solanaceae.