EMBRYOPSIDA Pirani & Prado
Gametophyte dominant, independent, multicellular, initially ±globular, not motile, branched; showing gravitropism; glycolate oxidase +, glycolate metabolism in leaf peroxisomes [glyoxysomes], 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; 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; blepharoplast +, 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, asymmetrical; 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 +); borate cross-linked rhamnogalactan II, 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 axillary, buds exogenous; 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, free-nuclear/syncytial to start with, walls then coming to surround the individual nuclei, process proceeding centripetally.
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, gravitropism response fast; 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.; branching by 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; 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 event], 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 restricted to 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 (ca 10-)80-20,000 µm h-1, tube 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 IR expansions, 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], short [<2 x length of ovary]; seed coat?; palaeotetraploidy event.
[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 genome duplication [allopolyploidy, 4x x 2x], 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 / [SANTALALES, CARYOPHYLLALES, SAXIFRAGALES, DILLENIALES, VITALES, ROSIDAE, [BERBERIDOPSIDALES + ASTERIDAE]: 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, odd K adaxial, C with single trace; A = 2x K/C, in two whorls, alternating, (many, but then usually fasciculate and/or centrifugal); pollen tricolporate; G [(3, 4) 5], when 5 opposite K, whorled, placentation axile, style +, stigma not decurrent, compitum + [one position]; endosperm nuclear/coenocytic; fruit dry, dehiscent, loculicidal [when a capsule]; floral nectaries with CRABSCLAW expression, RNase-based gametophytic incompatibility system present.
Phylogeny. Prior to the seventh version of this site asterids were part of a major polytomy that included rosids, Berberidopsidales, Santalales, and Caryophyllales, but then the order of branching below the asterids seemed to be stabilizing, perhaps with a clade [Berberidopsidales [Santalales [Caryophyllales + Asterids]]] while rosid relationships seemed to be [Saxifragales [Vitales + Rosids]]]. However, recent work suggests a polytomy is indeed probably the best way to visualize relationships around here at present. So for further discussion of relationships at the base of asterids and rosids, see the Pentapetalae node.
[BERBERIDOPSIDALES + ASTERIDAE]: ?
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).
[ONCOTHECALES [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; 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 / [CARDIOPTERIDALES [GARRYALES, AQUIFOLIALES [ICACINALES [[GENTIANALES + BORAGINALES], VAHLIALES, SOLANALES, LAMIALES]]]]: ?
[GARRYALES, AQUIFOLIALES [ICACINALES [[GENTIANALES + BORAGINALES], VAHLIALES, SOLANALES, LAMIALES]]]: G , superposed; loss of introns 18-23 in RPB2 d copy. - check
[ICACINALES [[GENTIANALES + BORAGINALES], VAHLIALES, SOLANALES, LAMIALES]]: ?
[[GENTIANALES + BORAGINALES] VAHLIALES, SOLANALES, LAMIALES] / CORE LAMIIDS:: (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. 42 families, 2,497 genera, 51,185 species. - Back to Main Tree
Age. Magallón and Castillo (2009) offer estimates of ca 81 Ma for both relaxed and constrained penalized likelihood datings for this clade - but no Vahliaceae. The age for the same node in Bell et al. (2010) is (96-)87, 83(-77) Ma (no Vahlia) or (102-)92, 86(-79) Ma (Vahlia included), in K. Bremer et al. (2004a) it is ca 108 Ma, in Foster et al. (2016a: no Vahlia) it is ca 96 Ma, in Xue et al. (2012) it is only 60.4 or 57.6 Ma, and in Naumann et al. (2013: no Boraginales) it is 77.5-76.5 Ma, while in Nazaire et al. (2014) it is (102.1-)89.1(-73.3) Ma - but c.f. topologies. The age of this node is estimated to be around 113Ma by Z. Wu et al. (2014: Boraginales sister to the rest) and ca 76.3Ma by Tank et al. (2015: Table S1).
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. Magallón and Sanderson (2001) and Magallón and Castillo (2009) found high diversification rates in the four large orders, and the herbaceous habit (see S. A. Smith & Donoghue 2008) is also common here; Magallón et al. (2018) dated an increase in diversification rate at this node to (92.7-)91.1(-89.7) Ma - Vahliales were were not included.
There are several characters of potential phylogenetic interest in this group (see also Stull et al. 2018 and discussion). The hydroxycinnamic acid depside, rosmarinic acid, is known from Boraginaceae and Hydrophyllaceae, as well as some Lamiaceae (Mølgaard & Ravn 1988). Lamiales and Boraginaceae have in common similar hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives, i.e. disaccharide esters of rosmarinic/lithospermic/caffeic acids (Mølgaard & Ravn 1988). Solanaceae are noted for the diversity of acylsugars contained in their glandular hairs. These are not known from Convolvulaceae, but Moghe et al. (2017: esp. Figs 6, 8) suggest that acylsugar acyltransferases evolved around 70 Ma, related enzymes occurring in Gentianales and Boraginales, but not in Lamiales or Convolvulaceae (Vahliales were not sampled); the evolution of these acyltransferases was perhaps associated with genome duplication. Oleaceae, Lamiaceae, and Solanaceae have (arabino)xyloglucans and some (galacto)xyloglucan hemicelluloses in the cell wall; the plesiomorphic condition for seed plants is to have (fuco(galacto))xyloglucans (O'Neill & York 2003; Harris 2005), but the sampling is very poor. Boraginaceae have callose plugs in the pollen tube, as do Solanales, but their presence varies in Hydrophyllaceae, and they are absent in Heliotropiaceae, Cordiaceae, and monosymmetric-flowered Lamiales (Cocucci 1983). Protein crystals in nuclei are common, but are apparently not known from Avicennia, etc. (Speta 1977, 1979), and information is needed for groups recently moved to Lamiales. Whether or not such crystals characterise both Lamiales and also Boraginaceae s. str. (see also Wagstaff & Olmstead 1997) needs to be confirmed. Although some Boraginaceae have protein bodies in their nuclei, they are of two very different kinds, and many Boraginaceae entirely lack them; there is also variation within Lamiales.
González and Rudall (2010) thought that a bicarpelate gynoecium might be an apomorphy for this clade, and it was perhaps derived from a pseudomonomerous gynoecium like that of Metteniusa (Metteniusaceae) - see also below for gynoecial evolution. Certainly, taxa with sympetalous flowers, epipetalous stamens, and a bicarpelate gynoecium are overwhelmingly the commonest here, and variation beyond this theme is slight.
Core lamiids include many annuals and herbaceous to shrubby perennials. Indeed, the annual/herbaceous habit is common here, there being no or only slight secondary thickening in such cases, and this seems to be the result of changes in regulatory interactions between genes; the actual genes involved seem not to have been lost, unlike the situation in monocots and some aquatics (Davin et al. 2016; Roodt et al. 2019). As a result, reacquisition of the woody habit is quite common, perhaps most notably on islands, but in many other situations, too (e.g. Carlquist 1973; Rowe & Paul-Victor 2012; Lens et al. 2012b, 2013; Davin et al. 2016). Many core lamiids have dry fruits with very small seeds of 10-2 grams or less (Moles et al. 2005a; Linkies et al. 2010), although Convolvulaceae, Lamiaceae, and Verbenaceae, for example, have a maximum of four seeds/fruit. However, even when each fruit has fewer seeds, these are still generally small. Seed coats often have a mechanical layer just a single cell thick, although Convolvulaceae are a notable exception. Haig and Westoby (1991) discuss situations in which small seeds may be at an advantage. Overall diversification rates are higher in smaller- than larger-seeded angiopserms, perhaps linked to improved colonization potential (Igea et al. 2017), and the rate of seed mass change is also higher when rates of diversification are higher. For further discussion about seed size, see core asterids and core campanulids. The flowers of core lamiids are relatively large and often monosymmetric.
Plant-Animal Interactions. Nylin et al. (2014) noted that members of all the four larger orders were hosts for nymphalid butterfly larvae, three (not Boraginales) being "important" hosts - only seven orders in this category were mentioned.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. Hoffman et al. (2005) found that the xyloglucans of the few Solanales and Lamiales they examined lacked fucosylated subunits; the one Gentianales they examined was intermediate. This clade (bar Boraginales) may have closed root apical meristems (Clowes 2000), but the sampling is poor.
Phylogeny. Relationships in this part of the tree have long been unclear, even if its overall composition has not changed much. Thus Bell et al. (2010; see also J. F. Walker et al. 2019: no Boraginales) suggested the grouping [Lamiales [Gentianales [Boraginaceae [= Boraginales hereafter] + Solanales]]], Lens et al. (2008a: Bayesian analyses) and Magallón and Castillo (2009) that of [Gentianales [Lamiales [Boraginales + Solanales]]], and Lens et al. (2008a: maximum parsimony) found the relationships [[Solanales + Gentianales] [Lamiales + Boraginales]]. Qiu et al. (2010: mitochondrial genes) did not find Boraginales and Gentianales to be immediately associated, although they were not strongly separated, while the two were sometimes linked, if with weak support, by Ruhfel et al. (2014: see also other positions for Boraginales). In general, relationships between Gentianales, Lamiales and Solanales remained uncertain (Albach et al. 2001b; B. Bremer et al. 2002; Janssens et al. 2009, Boraginales not included; J. Li & Zhang 2010). Even an analysis of all 79 protein-coding plastid genes and four mitochondrial genes did not clarify them (Moore et al. 2008) nor did the 17-gene 640-taxon study of Soltis et al. (2011). Finet et al. (2010) found quite good support for a [Gentianales + Solanales] clade, but no Boraginales were included.
Weigend et al. (2013b), sampling four plastid loci and 134 taxa (including 81 Boraginales), found the very weakly supported sets of relationships [Boraginales [Lamiales [Solanales + Gentianales]]] (see also Nazaire et al. 2014: Suppl. Fig. 4A, ITS + 4 plastid markers) and [Lamiales [Gentianales [Solanales + Boraginales]]] in different analyses. The [Solanales + Boraginales] clade was recovered by Luebert et al. (2016b), but the position of Gentianales was unclear, and similar relationships (with similarly low support) were also found by Luna et al. (2019). In plastome analyses, the relationships [Lamiales [Boraginales [Gentianales + Solanales]]] were recovered by Ku et al. (2013a; for [Gentianales + Solanales], see also Martínez-Alberola et al. 2013), while Boraginales were sister to the rest in the study by Z. Wu et al. (2014), although relationships were not strongly supported. On the other hand, Refulio-Rodriguez and Olmstead (2014), sampling 1 mitochondrial and 9 plastid genes and 129 terminals (75 in Lamiales), recovered the relationships [Gentianales [Solanales [Boraginales + Lamiales]]]; the whole clade had very strong support, as did the monophyly of the orders, but bootstrap support for the two nodes along the spine was only moderate (maximum likelihood) or very weak indeed (maximum parsimony). The amount of data analyzed seems to have allowed somewhat improved support for these relationships. However, the topology [[Solanales + Gentianales] [Boraginales + Lamiales]] was recovered by Magallón et al. (2015) and Z.-D. Chen et al. (2016: support very weak), while Maia et al. (2014), in one alignment using 18S/26S nuclear ribosomal data, retrieved a polyphyletic Boraginales within Solanales, although support was not strong, while another alignment suggested a clade [Boraginales + Gentianales]. The relationships [[Boraginales + Gentianales] [Lamiales + Solanales]] were recovered by Stull et al. (2015), but again support was not strong, and also by H.-T. Li et al. (2019: chloroplast genomes, support moderate). One factor driving these conflicting relationships may be differing signals in nuclear (e.g. = [Solanales + Gentianales]) and chloroplast (e.g. = [Lamiales + Gentianales]) (see also Ku et al. 2013b) genes (Xi et al. 2014), although Stull et al. (2015) looked at chloroplasts. The three genomic compartments also yielded different topologies from each other (and differing from those in Xi et al. 2014) in Sun et al. (2014). Indeed, S. A. Smith et al. (2013) had noted that all three orders destabilized phylogenies in their survey of seed plant phylogenies. Support in this area was generally rather weak in Gitzendanner et al. (2018a: plastome analysis). However, C. Zhang et al (2020) in their analyses using nuclear genomes found sreiong support for a [Boraginales + Gentianales] clade, the monophyly of the other orders was well supported, but their relationships were not.
Furthermore, the position of Vahlia (now Vahliales: A.P.G. IV 2016) remains uncertain. Magallón and Castillo (2009), Magallón et al. (2015) and Bell et al. (2010) suggested that it was sister to all other lamiids (except Garryales, Icacinales, etc.). In both analyses of combined 18S/26S nuclear ribosomal data, Maia et al. (2014) found remarkably strong - given the weak support for most relationships in their study - support for this position. The genus was placed as sister to Lamiales, but with only 63% bootstrap support, by Albach et al. (2001b; see also Lens et al. 2008a: Bayesian analyses; Nazaire & Hufford 2012: plastid genes; Weigend et al. 2013b; Nazaire et al. 2014: Suppl. Fig. 4A; Luna et al. 2019: little support), or it links with Boraginaceae in other analyses (Lundberg 2001e; B. Bremer et al. 2002; Hasenstab-Lehman 2017: chloroplast genes). Only in ndhF analyses was there some support for a linkage with Solanales (Olmstead et al. 1999, 2000; see also Savolainen et al. 2000a; Lundberg 2001e). Refulio-Rodriguez and Olmstead (2014) also found this position, but despite the large amounts of data in their study, there was substantial support only in the Bayesian analyses, and there was also moderate support in H.-T. Li et al. (2019: familial samping within Solanales poor). Stull et al. (2015) found Vahlia to be weakly linked with a [Solanales + Lamiales] clade, while there was 91% bootstrap support for a [Vahliales [Solanales + Lamiales]] clade in Stull et al. (2018), and in Tank and Olmstead (pers. comm.) the linkage was with a [Solanales [Boraginales + Lamiales]] clade. Vahlia was consistently found to be sister to Lamiales by Luebert et al. (2016b). The relationships recovered by Baker et al. (2021: see Seed Plant Tree) are rather different because Solanales broke up in their study, Montiniaceae and Hydroleaceae being placed along the stem lamiids, the topology being ... [Hydroleaceae [Garryales [Icacinales [Montiniaceae [Vahliales [other Solanales, Lamiales, etc.]]]]]]. A rather different universe?
GENTIANALES Berchtold & J. Presl - Main Tree.
Route I iridoids [mostly derived from secologanin or secologanic acid], (monoterpene indole alkaloids), (O-methylated) flavones and flavonols +, non-hydrolysable tannins [e.g. myricetin] usu. 0; fibre tracheids, heterogeneous rays [type IIA or IIB] +; glandular hairs 0; vestured pits +; nodes?; petiole bundle(s) arcuate; colleters +; branching from current flush; leaves opposite, joined by a line across the stem; (corolla swollen at the apex in bud); pollen orbicules +; ovules many/carpel, endothelium 0; endosperm nuclear/coenocytic, copious [?level]; germination phanerocotylar, epigeal. - 5 families, 1,121 genera, 20,145 species.
Includes Apocynaceae, Gelsemiaceae, Gentianaceae, Loganiaceae, Rubiaceae.
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 precise 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 Gentianales may be some (75-)71, 68(-65) or (68-)64, 61(-57) Ma old (Wikström et al. 2001: the first age is with Dialypetalanthus sister to the rest, the second ignores D.). Janssens et al. (2009) date them to 79±10.2 Ma, Antonelli et al. (2009) to just under 80 My; comparable figures are 108 and 78 Ma in K. Bremer et al. (2004a) while the ages in Wikström et al. (2015), at (104-)96(-87) Ma, and Tank and Olmstead (pers. comm.), at (105.6-)91.2(-75.2) Ma, are similar. Estimates of crown group ages are (86-)73(-60) (ages in Rubiaceae table) or (75-)52(-35) Ma (ages in asterid table) in Lemaire et al. (2011b), (78-)69, 65(-54) Ma (Bell et al. 2010) and ca 67.7 Ma (Magallón et al. 2015); B. Bremer and Eriksson (2009) suggest rather greater ages of (104.7-)90.4(-76.5) Ma, end-Turonian, as do Neupane et al. (2017: (102-)89(-78) My) and Rydin et al. (2017: ca 90 My), while at around 58.8 Ma ages in Tank et al. (2015: Table S2) are on the young side.
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. Wikström et al. (2015) discuss dates suggested for the order and for Rubiaceae by earlier workers, and mention a root age for Gentianales of 98-58 Ma in B. Bremer and Eriksson (2009), but the latter give no root age. Razafimandimbison et al. (2019) suggest a number of ages for clades in Gentianales.
At about 20,000 species, this is the biggest clade with fused petals and very largely polysymmetric flowers, often quite small in Rubiaceae and Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae, quite large in Gentianaceae and other Apocynaceae. Seeds are generally quite small here, but those of Henriquezia (Rubiaceae-Cinchonoideae) are up to 8 cm in diameter (Cortés-B. & Motley 2015).
For the evolution of pollen morphology in Gentianales, see L.-E Yang et al. (2020), but c.f. topology, etc., e.g. the sister relationship between Oncothecaceae and Icacinaceae is supported. Endress (2011a) suggested that a key innovation in Gentianales was tenuinucellate ovules.
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. Paris-type endomycorrhizae involving Glomeromycota are common in Gentianales, although some taxa may have the Arum type or intermediates, perhaps especially in Apocynaceae (Imhoff 1999).
Genes & Genomes. Coffea has no obvious genome duplication more recent than the eudicot/core eudicot γ whole nuclear genome duplication, the gamma triplication (Denoeud et al. 2014), for which, see q.v..
There is substantial variation in the presence of the mitochondrial coxII.i3 intron here (Joly et al. 2001).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. For iridoid synthesis, see Jensen et al. (2002) and references. Monoterpene indole alkaloids are found scattered throughout Gentianales, thus camptothecin, one of these alkaloids, is found in Ophiorrhiza (Rubiaceae), Mostuea (Gelsemiaceae) and Ervatamia (Apocynaceae) (see Lorence & Nessler 2004). Wink (2008) noted that the enzyme strictosidine synthase, a key intermediary in the formation of the monoterpene indole alkaloids, is in fact quite widely distributed in flowering plants.
Colleters range from secretory palisade cells surrounding an elongated axis to much smaller, simpler, hair-like structures (some Gentianaceae, Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae). They are borne on leaves, the calyx or corolla (Renobales et al. 2001), or even in a ring below the leaves and encircling the stem, as well as in their normal axillary position, and they may sometimes be vascularized, as in some Rubiaceae and Apocynaceae (Fernandes et al. 2016 and references; Judkevich et al. 2017). For variation in the composition of colleter secretion, see Resmondi et al. (2015) and Ribeiro et al. (2017). There are relatively few reports of colleters in Gentianaceae (Thomas 1991).
Tapetal variation is considerable, amoeboid tapeta being known from some species of Gentianaceae, Rubiaceae and Apocynaceae (Furness 2008a). Most families have taxa with bi- or tricellular pollen grains; for further discussion, see Williams et al. (2014).
Some information is taken from Rogers (1986: general), Erbar and Leins (1996: corolla development), Conn et al. (1997: general), Jansen and Smets (1998: wood anatomy, 2000: vestured pits), and Vinckier and Smets (2002a, c: orbicules).
Phylogeny. Struwe et al. (1995) suggested that Loganiaceae, even when narrowly circumscribed, i.e. excluding Buddleja, etc., were extremely paraphyletic, with clades including about 1,300 genera and 15,500 species or more (Rubiaceae, Gentianaceae, Apocynaceae + Asclepiadaceae) coming from within them; they delimited families accordingly. B. Bremer (1996a), Potgieter et al. (2000) and Backlund et al. (2000) and others have since found somewhat different relationships - Rubiaceae are consistently sister to the [Loganiaceae, Gentianaceae, Gelsemiaceae, Apocynaceae] clade.
Relationships between these last four families remain unclear. M. Endress et al. (1996) found the relationships [Gelsemiaceae [Apocynaceae [Strychnaceae + Geniostomaceae (well supported)]]], see also B. Bremer and Struwe (1992). In other analyses there is weak support for a relationship between Gelsemiaceae and Apocynaceae (Backlund et al. 2000; Jiao & Li 2007; see also B. Bremer 1999; Rova et al. 2002). However, B. Bremer et al. (2002) and Soltis et al. (2011: sampling) found some support for a sister group pair [Gentianaceae + Apocynaceae], as did Magallón et al. (2015) and Refulio-Rodriguez and Olmstead (2014: not the maximum likelihood analysis). Refulio-Rodriguez and Olmstead (2014) also found support for the pair [Gelsemiaceae + Loganiaceae] (see also Struwe et al. 2014: weak support; Wikström et al. 2015; Stull et al. 2020: chloroplast data, six taxa). On the other hand, Tank and Olmstead (pers. comm.) recovered the relationships [Apocynaceae [Gentianaceae [Loganiaceae + Gelsemiaceae]]]; L.-L. Yang et al. (2016) [Gentianaceae [Gelsemiaceae [Loganiaceae + Apocynaceae]]], but with little support; Z.-D. Chen et al. (2016) the relationships [Gelsemiaceae [Loganiaceae [Gentianaceae + Apocynaceae]]], with moderate support; and Luna et al. (2019) [Gentianaceae [Apocynaceae [Gelsemiaceae + Loganiaceae]]], but again with weak support. Nuclear data, however, may tell a slightly different story. C. Zhang et al. (2020) found strong support for the the relationships [[Gelsemiaceae + Gentianaceae] [Loganiaceae + Apocynaceae]] (see also I.T.P.T.I. 2019; Stull et al. 2020; Baker et al. 2021: see Seed Plant Tree).
Backlund et al. (2000) noted that C17 indole alkaloids, the number of tapetum layers, and cytology supported the relationship [Gelsemiaceae + Apocynaceae], but that the presence of quercetin and kaempferol, imbricate corolla, and horny (starchy) endosperm might support a close relationship between Gelsemiaceae and Loganiaceae.
Previous Relationships. The circumscription and relationships of Loganiaceae are a key to understanding both the past and present circumscription and relationships of Gentianales, for further details, see below.
Synonymy: Apocynales Berchtold & J. Presl, Asclepiadales Berchtold & J. Presl, Chironiales Grisebach, Cinchonales Lindley, Galiales Bromhead, Loganiales Lindley, Lygodisodeales Martius, Rubiales Berchtold & J. Presl, Strychnales Link, Theligonales Nakai, Vincales Horaninow
RUBIACEAE Jussieu, nom. cons. - Back to Gentianales
Plant often woody; tanniniferous, triterpenes +, iridoids +/0; vessels mostly ≤81μm across, vascular pit borders ≤7.8μm across, aliform-confluent xylem parenchyma 0, true tracheids +, rays with multiseriate part no wider than uniseriate part; nodes ?; secretory sacs widespread; glandular hairs 0; colleters adaxial to stipules/calyx; stomata paracytic; lamina vernation usu. flat, stipules interpetiolar, (sheathing/intrapetiolar/two pairs/toothed or not), often innervated from circumferential vascular ring; inflorescences often terminal, thyrsoid, flowers often rather small and aggregated, usu. 4- or 5-merous, protandrous; K short, aestivation open/long/connate), C with early tube formation; pollen grains ± triangular in polar view [?all]; tapetal cells uninucleate; ovary inferior, nectary on top, style well developed, apically bifid, stigma wet or dry; ovules ?/carpel, integument 5-11 cells across; fruit various; seeds 1-many, exotesta alone persisting, walls variously thickened; endosperm +, horny, often hemicellulosic, at least initially with some starch, embryo straight, cotyledons relatively small [50>>% length of embryo], suspensor often uniseriate; x = 11; nuclear genome [1Cx] 0.15-0.76 pg/[1C] (0.054-)1.054(-21.818) pg.
614 [list, to tribes]/13,465 - in 64 tribes below. World-wide, but largely tropical, especially Madagascar and the Andes (map: from Hultén 1958, 1971; Brummitt 2007).
Age. Antonelli et al. (2009) suggest that divergence within Rubiaceae began (68.8-)66.1(-63) Ma similar to the ages in Tank and Olmstead (pers. comm.) of (83.8-)66.1(-50) Ma, although B. Bremer and Eriksson (2009) provided rather older dates of (100.8-)86.6(-72.9) Ma, and, at (98-)85(-74) Ma, also Neupane et al. (2017). Crown group ages in Lemaire et al. (2011b) are around (77-)62(-50) Ma, and (60-)56, 55(-51) Ma in Wikström et al. (2001), (69-)57(-45) Ma in Bell et al. (2010: note topology), (87.9-)84.9(-80.8) Ma in Manns et al. (2012) and (96-)87(-79) Ma in Wikström et al. (2015). At slightly over 90 Ma, the age in Rydin et al. (2017) is the oldest, but dating was not the focus of that study.
Graham (2009) summarized the fossil history of Rubiaceae - there are no certain records from the Cretaceous or Palaeocene, the earliest being vegetative fossils from the Eocene of North America (Roth & Dilcher 1979) which had previously been placed in seven families and four orders. These fossils are a little odd in that Roth and Dilcher (1979), who compared them with members of Cinchonoideae and Ixoroideae (= Dialypetalanthoideae), suggested that the stipules on the petiole bases might be single, and at least sometimes they are minutely serrulate, perhaps because of hydathodes on their margins. Martínez-Millán (2010: fossil record) dated the family to around 40.4 Ma.
Note: to be properly integrated, inc. secondary chemistry, endosperm type, embryo size, etc.
Includes Airospermeae, Alberteae, Anthospermeae, Argostemmateae, Augusteae, Bertiereae, Chiococceae, Cinchoneae, Cinchonoideae, Coffeeae, Colletoecemateae, Coptosapelteae, Cordiereae, Coussareeae, Craterispermeae, Crossopterygeae, Cyanoneuroneae, Danaideae, Dialypetalantheae, Dunnieae, Foonchewieae, Gaertnereae, Gardenieae, Greeneeae, Guettardeae, Hamelieae, Henriquezieae, Hillieae, Hymenodictyeae, Isertieae, Ixoreae, Jackieae, Knoxieae, Lasiantheae, Luculieae, Mitchelleae, Morindeae, Mussaendeae, Naucleeae, Octotropideae, Ophiorrhizeae, Paederieae, Palicoureeae, Pavetteae, Posoquerieae, Prismatomerideae, Psychotrieae, Putorieae, Retiniphylleae, Rondeletieae, Rubieae, Rubioideae, Sabiceeae, Schizocoleeae, Schradereae, Scyphiphoreae, Seychelleeae, Sherbournieae, Sipaneeae, Spermacoceae, Steenisieae, Strumpfieae, Theligoneae, Trailliaedoxeae, Urophylleae, Vanguerieae.
Luculieae Rydin & B. Bremer - unplaced as yet.
Shrub; nodes 1:1; raphides 0; petiole bundle incurved U-shaped; inflorescence terminal, flowers large, 5-merous, heterostyly +; K long-lobed, deciduous, C imbricate; pollen?; secondary pollen presentation 0; many ovules/carpel; fruit baccate; seeds winged at ends; ?endosperm; embryo minute; n = ?
1/5. Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, S.W. China.
1. Rubioideae Verdcourt
Herbs quite common; (anthraquinones, camptothecin + [pentacyclic quinoline alkaloid]), (cylcotide proteins +), (monofluoracetates +), anthraquinones from shikimic acid, indole alkaloids common, plants often Al-accumulators [esp. woody taxa], (foetid - paederoside); vessels frequently in aggregates, usually ≤50 um across; raphides + [square in transverse section]; hairs uniseriate, septate; plants heterostylous; C valvate, (tips of lobes hood-like), (tube with windows, usu. basal [= fenestrate]); pollen (grains 3-celled); ovule 1/carpel, basal, apotropous.
Age. B. Bremer and Eriksson (2009) suggested ages of (90.7-)77.9(-65.3) Ma, Wikström et al. (2015: topology) ages of (85-)76(-67) Ma, Lemaire et al. (2011b) ages of (60-)53(-48) Ma and Razafimandimbison et al. (2019) ca 73.4 Ma for crown-group Rubioideae.
[Colletoecemateae + Seychelleeae]: flowers 5-merous;
Age. The age of this node is ca 14.6 Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2019).
1A. Colletoecemateae Rydin & B. Bremer
Small trees or shrubs; ?nodes; inflorescences axillary, bracteoles 0; pollen grain cell no.?; ovules subbasal, obturator 0; fruit drupaceous, stone single, incised apically [the two carpels], 2-seeded/(?2, separate); endosperm soft, oily, embryo long; n = ?
1/3. West Central tropical Africa.
Age. The crown-group age of Colletoecemateae is ca 3.2 Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2019).
1B. Seychelleeae Razafimandimbison, Kainulainen & C. Rydin
Shrubs; ?chemistry; ?nodes; raphides 0; stipules intrapetiolar, adnate to base of petiole, persistent; inflorescences terminal; A only loosely adnate to C; pollen grain cell no.?; ovule morphology?; G [5-6]; fruit drupaceous, stones separate; ?endosperm, embryo long; n = ?
1/1: Seychellea sechellarum. The Seychelles.
The monotypic Africa Temnopteryx is somewhere around here...
[Urophylleae [Ophiorrhizeae [Lasiantheae [Coussareeae [Spermacoceae alliance + Psychotrieae alliance]]]]]: ?
Age. This node is ca 70.8 Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2019).
1C. Urophylleae Verdcourt (inc. Pauridiantheae)
Subshrubs to small trees (herbs); axial parenchyma diffuse, cells with helical thickenings, (sheath cells surrounding rays +); styloids +; (plant dioecious); inflorescences axillary, flowers often 5-merous, (bracts 0); (semaphyllous calycophylls); pollen grains 2-celled; G [2-several], with false septae [?all], (style subcapitate); ovules many/carpel; fruit baccate, loculi with mucilage; exotestal cells massively thickened; n = 9, bimodal.
4/230: Urophyllum (150), Praravinia (49). Tropics, to Japan, few America.
[Ophiorrhizeae [Lasiantheae [Coussareeae [Spermacoceae alliance + Psychotrieae alliance]]]]: ?
Age. This node is ca 70.2 Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2019).
1D. Ophiorrhizeae Verdcourt
Herbs (annuals) to small trees; (indole alkaloids - camptothecin - +); nodes 1:1; stipules often fimbriate; inflorescences terminal (axillary); flowers 5-merous; (calycophylls +; A forming cone - Neurocalyx); pollen grain aperture buds +; many ovules/carpel, endothelium ?+; ; fruit loculicidal or septicidal capsule/indehiscent/operculate - splash cup; endosperm cellular; seeds dust-like; endosperm soft, oily, embryo long; (n = 12).
5/250: Ophiorrhiza (190), Spiradiclis (38), Xanthophytum (32). China and IndoMalesia to Fiji.
[Lasiantheae [Coussareeae [Spermacoceae alliance + Psychotrieae alliance]]]: chloroplast atpB promoter 0.
Age. The age of this node is around 66.6 Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2019).
1E. Lasiantheae B. Bremer & Manen
Subshrubs to small trees; (plant foetid); axial parenchyma diffuse, cells with helical thickenings; inflorescences axillary; flowers 4-6-merous, usu. sessile; (C imbricate); pollen grains (porate); G [4-12] [Lasianthus]; ovule erect, recurved, obturator +; fruits drupaceous, often blue to black; pyrene with germination slit; endosperm soft, oily, embryo long, cotyledons short; n = 11.
2/200: Lasianthus (185). Tropical, Africa and Indomalesia to Australia, 1 sp. West Indies.
Perama. 1/9. Antilles, Central and South America. n = 9.
[Coussareeae [Spermacoceae alliance + Psychotrieae alliance]]: ?
Age. This node is approximately Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2019).
1F. Coussareeae Bentham & J. D. Hooker (Cruckshanksieae, Coccocypseleae)
Axial parenchyma ± paratracheal, libriform fibres septate, sheath cells surrounding rays +; nodes 3:3 girdling/3:3; inflorescences terminal/axillary.
8/410. American tropics.
1Fa: Cruckshanksia group: Usu. ± shrubby (ephemeral); (calycophylls + - Cruckshanksia); G pseudoseptate or not; fruit loculicidal, chartaceous; seeds few, winged or not.
3/10. Mostly Andean, Chile to S. Peru.
[Fb + Fc]: septate fibres +; flowers 4-merous.
Fb: Coccocypselum group: Herb or ± shrubby; axial parenchyma 0; stipule often with central colleter-tipped awn; pollen grains with complex-reticulate tectum; (ovules basal); fruit septicidal, pericarp thick (baccate); seeds (1-)manyaxial parenchya paratracheal, sheath cells surrounding rays, lenticular (suborbicular), winged or not; n = 10.
5/72: Declieuxia (30), Coccocypseum (20). Southern Mexico to Brasil, esp. southeastern Brasil.
Fc: Coussarea group: Shrubs to tree; pollen grains 2-4-porate, annuli surrounding pores; ovules basal, 1/loculus; fruit drupaceous, usu. 1-seeded, endocarp thin; seeds often ridged; (n = 10).
2/330: Faramea (210), Coussarea (120). American tropics.
[Spermacoceae alliance + Psychotrieae alliance]: ?
Age. This age of this node is (68-)62(-56) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
Spermacoceae alliance, = [[Danaideae [Spermacoceae + Knoxieae]] [Dunnieae, Foonchewieae, Cyanoneuroneae, Anthospermeae, Paederieae, Argostemmateae [Putorieae [Theligoneae + Rubieae]]]]: ?
[Danaideae [Spermacoceae + Knoxieae]]: ?
1G. Danaideae B. Bremer & Manen
Shrubs to small trees, lianes; anthraquinones +, (plant foetid); inflorescences terminal (axillary); C (valvate-reduplicate), (tube fenestrate); pollen grains 2-nucleate; many ovules/carpel, apex angled; capsule loculi-/septicidal, apex beaked; seeds winged; exotestal cells thickened on anticlinal walls; radicle>cotyledons; n = ?
3/70: Danais (40). Madagascar, the Mascarenes, 1 sp. Tanzania (map: see Buchner & Puff 1993).
[Spermacoceae + Knoxieae]: largely herbaceous (annuals); nodes 1:1, petiole bundle arcuate; stipules fimbriate, colleters at the ends of the fimbriae.
1H. Spermacoceae Chamisso & Schlechtendal (inc. Hedyotideae)
Annual/perennial herbs to small trees; inflorescences terminal/axillary; flowers often 4-merous; (calycophylls +), C (tube with windows); (heterostyly rare); pollen grains (hideously variable - esp. Spermacoce: pantoporate/-12-colporate, etc.); ovule 1, amphitropous, attached to middle/(base) of septum-many/carpel, micropyle much elongated, integument adnate to nucellus laterally, nucellar cells anticlinally elongated, (raphal projection +), obturator +/0; archesporium multicellular or not, embryo sac elongated, antipodals not persistent to large; fruit various [schizocarp/capsule/circumscissile/indehiscent (baccate/drupaceous)]; seeds (winged), ± grooved adaxially or not; exotestal cells thickened on anticlinal and inner tangential walls/0/(outer periclinal wall punct(ulic)ate); endosperm cartilagineous or not, suspensor uniseriate; n = (6-11), 14, 15, (17).
Ca 65/1,230: Spermacoce (275: inc. Borreria), Oldenlandia (240), Manettia (125), Hedyotis (115), Mitracarpus (58), Galianthe (55), Bouvardia (42). Pantropical, esp. Brazil, a few outside the tropics.
Synonymy: Hedyotidaceae Dumortier, Houstoniaceae Rafinesque, Hydrophylacaceae Martynov, Lippayaceae Meisner, Spermacoceaceae Berchtold & J. Presl
1I. Knoxieae Bentham & J. D. Hooker (inc. Triainolepideae)
Herbs to subshrubs; septate fibres 0, axial parenchyma ± diffuse; inflorescences terminal, (± capitate); flowers often 5-merous, sessile; (semaphyllous calycophylls +); G [1-5]; ovules 1/carpel, pendulous; fruit a schizocarp/drupaceous, preformed germination slits +; exotestal cells with reticulate/anastomosing thickenings on inner tangential walls; n = (10, 12, 17 - Otiophora).
14/129: Pentas (34), Pentanisia (19), Otiophora (18). Palaeotropics, esp. Africa-Madagascar.
[Dunnieae, Foonchewieae, Cyanoneuroneae, Argostemmateae, Anthospermeae, Paederieae [Putorieae [Theligoneae + Rubieae]]]: asperulosidic glycosides.
1J. Dunnieae Rydin & B. Bremer
Subshrub; ?chemistry; stipules bifid; inflorescence terminal, bracteoles adnate to base of ovary or not, on a few marginal flowers large, petal-like [semaphyllous calycophylls - Delprete 2019]; flowers (4-)5-merous, rather small; A inserted high in tube; pollen grain cell no.?; many ovules/carpel; fruit a septicidal capsule, apex beaked, (valves bifid); seeds winged; embryo minute; n = ?
1/2. India, South China (Guangdong).
1K. Foonchewieae R.-J. Wang
Subshrub; ?chemistry; stipules entire; inflorescence terminal; flowers 5-merous, rather small; pollen grain cell no.?, 4-colporate; many ovules/carpel; fruit a porose capsule; seeds angular, exotesta with thickened anticlinal walls; ?embryo; n = ?
1/1: Foonchewia guangdongensis. South China, Guangdong.
1L. Cyanoneuroneae Razafimandimbison & B. Bremer
Herbs or small shrubs; ?chemistry; hairs multiseriate; upper epidermis 2-layered; stipules with long linear segments; inflorescence terminal, condensed; flowers 5-merous; pollen grain cell no.?; many ovules/carpel; fruit drupaceous, stone two locular, septum +, thin, soft; seeds numerous, angled; thickening on inner periclinal exotestal walls forming a three-dimensional network; endosperm soft, thick-walled, embryo medium-sized; n = (10?) 11.
1/5. Borneo, Sulawesi.
1M. Argostemmateae Verdcourt
(Unbranched) herbs to small shrubs, (epiphytic); ?asperulosides; (anisophyllous), (stipules foliaceous); inflorescences often terminal (umbelliform); flowers usu. 5-merous; C (rotate); anthers (forming a cone), (porose, endothecium 0); pollen grains 2-nucleate (1 sp.), 3-colpate; nectary 0 [Argostemma]; placentae stoutly stalked, stigma subpunctate to capitate or disciform/2(-5)-lobed; many ovules/carpel; fruit fleshy circumscissile [edge of disc] capsule [?splash cup]/dry capsule/baccate; seeds tiny; exotestal cells thickened on radial (and outer periclinal?) walls; (n = 14).
5/186: Argostemma (106), Mycetia (45). IndoMalesia, South China southwards, 2 spp. in W. tropical Africa.
1N. Anthospermeae de Candolle
Herbs to shrubs (trees); (plant foetid), lignans, iridoids +; nodes 1:1; (colleters at the ends of the stipular fimbriae); lamina (amphistomatous/terete); plant monoecious/dioecious/flowers perfect [Nertera], anemophilous, (protogynous); flowers small, 4-5(-10)-merous, heterostyly 0; K minute to foliaceous; A (inserted at base of C tube); nectary 0; style short, stigmatic lobes long, short-pilose; (ovaries fused); 1 basal ovule/carpel, obturator small, finger-like; antipodal cells multinucleate [Phyllis]; fruit drupaceous/schizocarp/exocarp splitting/indehiscent, (with modified pedicel apex); suspensor multiseriate.
12/212: Coprosma (110), Anthospermum (40). Africa, S. China to Malesia and the Antipodes, Pacific Islands, the Antilles, Central and W. South America.
Synonymy: Operculariaceae Perleb
1O. Paederieae de Candolle
Perennial herbs to shrubs (lianes), foetid or not; root with superficial cork cambium [Paederia]; nodes 1:1; (colleters at the ends of the stipular fimbriae); inflorescences terminal, (inflorescence bracts petal-like); flowers 4-5(-6)-merous; C induplicate-valvate, (tube fenestrate); A inserted at different levels; pollen grains 3-(4-)colpate, no endoapertures (6-15-pantocolpate - Leptoderris); (G [2-5]); 1 basal apotropous ovule/carpel, obturator +, 2-lobed, with hairs; archesporium multicellular; fruit a (winged) schizocarp/capsule; suspensor uniseriate/biseriate; exotesta crushed [?always]; endosperm horny, radicle short, cotyledons foliaceous; n = (10, 12, 13).
4/72: Leptodermis (40), Paederia (30). Tropics and subtropics, esp. Himalayas to Japan.
Synonymy: Lygodisodeaceae Bartling
[Putorieae [Theligoneae + Rubieae]]: one ovule/carpel, basal.
1P. Putorieae Lange
Shrub or shrublet; plant foetid; nodes 1:1; (short shoots +), leaves (isobifacial); anisophylly in the inflorescence; inflorescences terminal; flowers 4-7-merous, ?heterostyly; pollen grains 3-colpate; ovules apotropous, obturator 2-lobed, (with hairs); archesporium multicellular, embryo sacs elongating greatly, usu. growing up the micropyle; fruit a schizocarp, carpophore +/berry; exotestal cells unthickened [Crocyllis]; suspensor uniseriate [check], embryo long.
2/34. S.W. Asia (S. Europe, Canary Islands), southern Namib Desert.
[Theligoneae + Rubieae]: herbs; K at most rudimentary; pollen lacking endoapertures.
Age. The age of this node is around 23 Ma (Nie et al. 2005), (43-)35.6(-29.3) Ma (Deng et al. 2017), or (33-)21.9, 16.4(-10) Ma (Ehrendorfer et al. 2018).
1Q. Theligoneae Baillon
Herbs, annual to perennial; extreme anisophylly +; plant monoecious, anemophilous; flowers usu. 2-3-merous, heterostyly 0; staminate flowers: usu. paired, opposite leaves; P tubular, tube short [1.5> mm long], ridged, splitting into 2-5 segments; A 2-many, not epipetalous, in groups of 2-6, dehisced anthers spirally twisted; pollen grains (3-)4-8 zono/pantoporate; carpelate flowers: C tubular, ovary with 1 locule developing, other rudimentary, style ± gynobasic; ovules campylotropous; fruit with thin fleshy "mesocarp", basal annular elaiosome + [from apex of pedicel]; exotestal cell walls thickened, not pitted; endosperm fleshy, with starch, embryo long, U-shaped, cotyledons incumbent, suspensor uniseriate; (n = 10).
1/4. Mediterranean, Macaronesia, S.W. China and Japan.
Age. Crown-group Theligoneae are (23.2-)13.4(-6.2) Ma (Deng et al. 2017).
Synonymy: Cynocrambaceae Endlicher, nom. illeg., Theligonaceae Dumortier, nom. cons.
1R. Rubieae Baillon
Herbs, annual to perennial, (subshrubs); (wood storied); nodes 1:1; stem angled; lamina pellucid-punctate abaxially, stipules foliaceous, axillary colleters 0/(+); flowers 4-5-merous; (K developed), C often rotate [a.k.a. "short, cup-shaped"], tube often short [<1.5 mm long]; (secondary pollen presentation - Phuopsis); pollen grains 5-13-colpate [not Kelloggia], (micro)spinose, orbicules 0; (styles ± free); integument often adnate to nucellus laterally, nucellar cells anticlinally elongated/not; archesporium multicellular [to 200 cells], (megaspore in micropyle), (embryo sac tetrasporic, 15-16-celled, antipodal cells numerous [Crucianella - type]); fruit schizocarp/fleshy, (with hooks); testa adnate to pericarp [= cypsela!]/(not); suspensor haustoria +/0; n = (9, 10, 12) [Didymaea = 11], chloroplast atpB promoter modified.
14/1,000: Galium (670), Asperula (190), Rubia (80). N. hemisphere, but ± worldwide, esp. mountains.
Age. The minimum divergence time within Rubieae has been dated ca 17 Ma (Nie et al. 2005) or (37.6-)28.6(-20.2) Ma (Bremer & Eriksson 2009), (29.8-)19.6, 14.9(-9.2) Ma (Ehrendorfer et al. 2018) - or (37-)30.1(-24) Ma (Deng et al. 2017).
Graham (2009) noted that fossils of Galium have been reported from rocks at least 55 Ma old.
Synonymy: Aparinaceae Hoffmannsegg & Link, Asperulaceae Spenner, Galiaceae Lindley
Psychotrieae alliance = [Schizocoleeae [Craterispermeae, Schradereae [[Gaertnereae [Palicoureeae + Psychotrieae]]] [Prismatomerideae [Mitchelleae + Morindeae]]]]]: ?
Age. The age of the Psychotrieae alliance is (61-)55(-49) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
1S. Schizocoleeae Rydin & B. Bremer
Trees; stipular tube long, usu 8-laciniate; inflorescence axillary; flowers 5-merous, ?heterostyly; ?pollen; G septae thin; ovule ?1/carpel; fruit baccate, 1-seeded; n = ?
1/2. Tropical West Africa.
[Craterispermeae, Schradereae [[Gaertnereae [Palicoureeae + Psychotrieae]]] [Prismatomerideae [Mitchelleae + Morindeae]]]]]: ?
1T. Craterispermeae Verdcourt
Shrubs to trees; banded axial parencyma/circumferential parenchyma bands +, septate fibres 0; stipules connate; inflorescences usu. supraaxillary; flowers 5-merous; pollen grain cell. no.?; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel; fruits baccate or drupaceous, 1-seeded; seeds adaxially concave.
1/31. Africa, Madagascar, the Seychelles.
Age. The crown-group age of Craterispermeae is estimated to be (12-)7(-5) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
1U. Schradereae Bremekamp
± Epiphytic root climbers, (shrubs); nodes 3:3; stipules usu. basally connate; inflorescences terminal, ± capitate, involucre +, showy or not; flowers (3-)5(-6)-merous; C with ring of hairs at filament insertion, (corona +, short, with erect hairs); pollen grains 2-nucleate [1 sp.], (2-)3(-4)-porate/shortly colporate; G with lysigenous mucilage cavities; ovules many/carpel, campylotropous; fruit baccate; exotestal cells with thickened anticlinal walls; embryo quite long, cotyledon = radicle.
3/60. Schradera (55). Malesia, tropical America, 1 sp. Sri Lanka.
Age. Crown-group Schradereae are (33-)23(-14) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
[[Gaertnereae [Palicoureeae + Psychotrieae]] [Prismatomerideae [Mitchelleae + Morindeae]]]: banded axial parencyma/circumferential parenchyma bands 0, libriform fibres +.
[Gaertnereae [Palicoureeae + Psychotrieae]]: flowers often small; 1 ovule/carpel, erect, basal; fruit drupe/drupaceous.
1V. Gaertnereae Endlicher
Shrubs to trees; wood with circumferential parenchyma bands, fibre tracheids +; stipules forming long sheath; (plant dioecious); inflorescence terminal/axillary; flowers 4-5-merous; pollen grains with crescent-shaped ectexinal thickenings at ends of aperture; G superior, [2-8]; endosperm ruminate (not), starchy.
2/95: Gaertnera (70). Pantropical, but not E. Malesia. (Map: Malcomber & Taylor 2009.)
Synonymy: Pagamaeaceae Martynov
Age. Crown-group Gaertnereae are (33-)25(-17) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
[Palicoureeae + Psychotrieae]: endosperm often horny.
Age. The age of this node is (51-)44(-37) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
1W. Palicoureeae Robbrecht & Manen
Cyclotide proteins +; foliage drying green, stipules connate, persistent/marcescent; pollen grains (pantoporate), (with pollen buds); fruits often blue; pyrenes with adaxial furrows and germination slits.
8/1,500: Palicourea (800), Notopleura (210), Chassalia (140 - but see Razafimandimbison et al. 2014), Eumachia (83), Readea (80). Pantropical, esp. New World. [Photo - Fruit].
Synonymy: Nonateliaceae Martynov
Age. The crown-group age of Palicoureeae is (45-)38(-32) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
1X. Psychotrieae Chamisso & Schlechtendal
Shrubs to trees; (indole alkaloids +); nodes 1:1; foliage drying brown-grey, (leaves with bacterial nodules), stipules deciduous; pollen grains also inaperturate/2-4(-5) colpate/porate, (pollen buds +); fruit often red, (a schizocarp); testa with ethanol-soluble red pigment; endosperm (ruminate), starchy/(oily), embryo short.
1/1,850: Psychotria s.l.. Pantropical, but esp. Old World.
Age. Crown-group Psychotrieae are (30-)27(-23) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
Synonymy: Psychotriaceae F. Rudolphi
[Prismatomerideae [Mitchelleae + Morindeae]]: pollen grains 2-nucleate; (flowers with fused ovaries) [= fruit a syncarp].
1Y. Prismatomerideae Y. Z. Ruan
Shrubs to trees; vessels solitary, axial parenchyma diffuse; (stipules connate); inflorescence terminal; flowers 4-5(-6)-merous; pollen grains (to 5-colporate); ovule 1/carpel, pendulous, apotropous, obturator +, massive; fruit baccate-drupaceous; seed globose to hemispherical, adaxially ± concave; testal cells ± crushed; endosperm corneous [often dark blue], embryo (very) small, cotyledons << radicle.
4/21. Sri Lanka to S. China and W. Malesia.
Age. The crown-group age of Prismatomerideae is (29-)20(-12) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
[Mitchelleae + Morindeae]: fruit a drupe.
Age. This node is (42-)39(-36) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
1Z. Mitchelleae Razafimandimbison & B. Bremer
Thorny shrubs to creeping herbs; axial parenchyma 0, septate fibres +; inflorescence terminal, usu. 2-flowered; flowers 4-merous; C basally fenestrate; pollen grains (to 6-(syn)colporate); G ; ovule apical-horizontal, campylotropous, obturator massive; fruit pyrenes pitted, cells ± fibres, K accrescent; exotesta mechanical; embryo minute, cotyledons small.
2/9. North and Central America, India, East Asia.
Age. The crown-group age of Mitchelleae is (8-)10(-5) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
1AA. Morindeae Burnett
Shrubs to small trees (lianes); wood with circumferential parenchyma bands; nodes 1:1; stipules usu. connate to sheathing; inflorescence terminal or axillary, (with petal-like bracts); flowers 5-merous, (± sessile); C (tube fenestrate); pollen grains porate [?all]; G [2-12], pseudoseptum developing [= massive development of placentae]; ovules 2/carpel, subbasal, obturator 0; fruit drupaceous, pyrenes with lateral germination slits; testa ± parenchymatous; endosperm oily, soft.
6/160: Gynochthodes (95), Morinda (40). Pantropical.
Age. Crown-group Morindeae are (34-)26(-21) Ma (Razafimandimbison et al. 2017).
2. Cinchonoideae Rafinesque (includes Dialypetalanthoideae Reveal, = the old Ixoroideae)
Plants woody; route II carboxylated iridoids +, indole and corynanthean and complex indole alkaloids + (0); crystal sand +; (1 or more K petal-like [= calycophylls]); (secondary pollen presentation + [brush type/receptaculum pollinis]); stigma unlobed/shortly bilobed.
Age. N.B. Ages for nodes/associated ideas of relationships in older literature should be checked with current ideas of relationships, Rydin et al. (2017) in particular, to clarify to just what node these ages might refer. B. Bremer and Eriksson (2009: stem age of this node not the crown age for the family, c.f. Fig. 1) suggested that the split of Ixoroideae (= Dialypetalanthoideae) and Cinchonoideae was approximately (88.7-)73.1(-58.4) Ma, Manns et al. (2012) give an age of (84.5-)78.5(-71.7) Ma, Lemaire et al. (2011b: Luculia, etc. not included) an age of (68-)60(-54) Ma, and Wikström et al. (2015) an age of (89-)78(-67) Ma - but see below for the uncertainty in relationships around here. See also the relationships suggested by Baker et al. (2021: see Seed Plant Tree), for instance, Luculieae may be sister to the reestr of this clade.
2. Coptosapelteae S. P. Darwin
Subshrubs, vines; anthraquinones, Al accumulator [Coptosapelta]; raphides + [C.]; inflorescence terminal or axillary; flowers (4-)5-merous; C.a: C right-contorted; anthers long, pollen 3-4(-10) pororate; secondary pollen presentation +; fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds winged//Acranthera: C (reduplicate-)valvate; anthers connate, with apical appendages; pollen 3(-4) brevicolpate; secondary pollen presentation ?0, stigma with multicellular papillae, not bilobed; placentation parietal; fruit baccate; ovules many/carpel; n = 10.
2/56: Acranthera (40). India and S.E. China to Malesia.
[[[Strumpfieae + Chiococceae] [Chione et al. [Hillieae + Hamelieae]]] [[Rondeletieae + Guettardeae] [Naucleeae + Hymenodictyeae]]]: ?
[[Strumpfieae + Chiococceae] [Chione et al. [Hillieae + Hamelieae]]]: A at base of corolla.
[Strumpfieae + Chiococceae]: secondary pollen presentation 0
2. Strumpfieae Delprete & Motley
Ericoid shrub; nodes 1:1; inflorescence axillary, racemose; flowers 5-merous, protogynous; C quincuncial; anthers connate, porose, connective forming apical projection; G with false septum, style with a kink [male phase], stigma little expanded, barely bilobed; ovules 2/carpel, erect, apotropous, obturator well developed; pyrene plurilocular; seeds 1-4; exotestal cells unthickened; endosperm oily.
1/1: Strumpfia maritima. West Indies.
2. Chiococceae Bentham & J. D. Hooker
Subshrubs to small trees (lianes); nodes 1:1/3:3 [Portlandia]; inflorescences often axillary; flowers 4-6(-8)-merous; K lobes ± free, C narrowly imbricate (induplicate-valvate); (secondary pollen presentation +); A adnate to base of C tube/inserted on disc, (extrorse); pollen spinulose; G ([5-20] - Erithalis); ovules 1 pendulous-many spreading/carpel; (archesporium multicellular); fruit drupaceous, (leathery) baccate, or loculicidal; pyrenes laterall compressed; seeds (winged all around); cotyledons accumbent; n = also 12-14, 20 [Catesbaea]
30/210: Phialanthus (22), Solenandra (22), Scolosanthus (20). ± amphi-Pacific: U.S.A. (Florida), Central and South America, esp. the Antilles (70% of the species), W. Pacific, Palawan (the Philippines) to New Caledonia, W. of the Andesite Line.
Synonymy: Catesbaeaceae Martynov, Coutareaceae Martynov
[Chione et al. [Hillieae + Hamelieae]]: ?pollen.
2. Chione de Candolle + Wandersong D. W. Taylor
Shrubs to trees; inflorescence terminal; flowers 4-6-merous; K connate[?], C imbricate; A basally connate; pollen spinulose [Chione]; secondary pollen presentation?; stigma shortly bilobed; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel; fruit drupaceous; pyrenes 2, with marginal germination slit, or 1, 2-seeded, no germination slit; pyrenes laterally compressed; seed surface granular; n = ?
2/3. Mexico to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Antilles.
[Hillieae + Hamelieae]: raphides +.
2. Hillieae S. P. Darwin
Rather succulent shrubs to trees/epiphytes; plant usu. glabrous; inflorescences terminal, 1-few-flowered; C right-contorted; secondary pollen presentation 0, stigma short-subcapitate to long-bilobed; ovules many/carpel; capsule septi-/loculicidal, often with terminal beak-like appendage; seeds plumose [multiseriate filaments] at one end/winged; n = 17-18.
3/29: Hillia (24). Tropical America, Mexico to Brazil.
2. Hamelieae de Candolle
Shrubs to small trees; indole alkaloids +; nodes 1:1; inflorescences terminal; flowers often yellow, 4-5-merous, bracteoles small-0; C imbricate/right-contorted/valvate; A at base of corolla; G [2-5], secondary pollen presentation?; many ovules/carpel, epidermal cells of ovules large; fruit baccate; exotestal outer periclinal walls granular to tuberculate; n = 12, 14.
7/170: Hoffmannia (115), Deppea (35). New World tropics.
Synonymy: Hameliaceae Martius
[[Rondeletieae + Guettardeae] [Naucleeae + Hymenodictyeae]]: ?
[Rondeletieae + Guettardeae]: indole alkaloids +; secondary pollen presentation usu. 0.
2. Rondeletieae Burnett
Shrubs to trees; nodes 1:1; inflorescences terminal/axillary; flowers 4-6-merous, (heterostyly +); (calycophylls +), C valvate/imbricate/contorted, mouth with conspicuous fleshy ring; pollen grains (colpate); ovules (1-)many/carpel; fruit loculi- (septi)cidal capsule/(dry, variously indehiscent)/drupaceous; seeds minute, unwinged (winged/fleshy); n = ?
12 (?13)/120 or 178: Rondeletia (maybe 157). Mostly Greater Antilles, some Central America, few South America.
2. Guettardeae de Candolle
Shrubs to trees; nodes 1:1?; inflorescences terminal/axillary; flowers (heterostyly +); C valvate (imbricate); (secondary pollen presentation + = Dichilanthe); pollen (col- - Gonzalagunia)/porate; G [2-many]; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel; fruit drupaceous/schizocarp/(capsule - Machaonia); seeds often elongated; exotestal cells thickened on anticlinal walls; embryo long, endosperm slight, soft, oily; (n = 9).
14/745: Timonius (170), Guettarda (150), Arachnothryx (107), Chomelia (79), Stenostomum (50). Tropical.
Synonymy: Guettardaceae Batsch
[Naucleeae + Hymenodictyeae]: secondary pollen presentation +; anthers basifixed; pollen with H-shaped endapertures, protruding onci; seeds winged, wing bilobed.
2. Naucleeae Burnett (inc. Cephalantheae0
Shrubs to trees, (lianes, with curved axillary thorns); indole alkaloids +; nodes 3:3/1:3 (1:5/1:1 - Cephalanthus, Mitragyna); cells with both crystal sand and druse(s) [= duplex idioblasts]; inflorescences terminal (on plagiotropic branches)/axillary, capitate; flowers 4-5(-6)-merous; C imbricate/valvate; anthers (mesifixed); pollen grains with H-shaped endoaperture, (in tetrads); nectary inconspicuous, ± sunken in ovary; pollen presenter clavate to capitate or spindle-shaped, stigma lobed; ovules 1 pendulous-many/carpel, with chalazal apiculus, obturator +; fruit usu. loculi- and/or septicidal, opening from the base, (schizocarp/fleshy syncarp); seeds winged/tailed/not; exotestal cells thickened on inner periclinal walls, massively pitted/(reticulate).
17/196: Neonauclea (68), Uncaria (39). Palaeotropics, few Neotropics to temperate North America.
Synonymy: Cephalanthaceae Rafinesque, Naucleaceae Wernham
2. Hymenodictyeae Razafimandimbison & B. Bremer
Small to large trees, (epiphytic), often deciduous; indole alkaloids 0; nodes 1:1; stipule margins with large deciduous colleters; inflorescences usu. terminal, spiciform to racemiform (ultimate units subcapitate); flowers 5-merous; C valvate; stigma globose to clavate; ovules 1-14(-many)/carpel; fruit a loculicidal capsule, lenticillate, placentae accrescent and falling out with the seeds; embryo small.
2/24: Hymenodictyon (22). Tropical Africa, Madagascar (most), India and SW China to Thailand, E West Malesia, inc. Sulawesi.
2. Dialypetalantheae Reveal (= Condamineeae, inc. Calycophylleae, Hippotideae, Simireae)
Trees to shrubs; indole alkaloids +; lamina (pinnately lobed/pinnate); inflorescences terminal/axillary; (flowers protogynous); (semaphyllous calycophylls +), C also valvate/imbricate), (free - Mastixiodendron); G (semisuperior); ovules many/carpel, with chalazal apiculus; fruit a septi-/(loculicidal) capsule/(baccate); seeds (winged); exotestal cells thickened on inner periclinal walls; n = ?11, 12, 17 [Calycophyllum] - includes Dialypetalanthus: phloem stratified; cork cortical; K free, C free, opposite K, both in two decussate pairs; A (8-)16-17(-25), not epipetalous, basally connate, anthers basifixed, porose.
33/300: Pentagonia (40). SE U.S.A., Neotropics, some Southeast Asia, Malesia, the Pacific.
Synonymy: Dialypetalanthaceae Rizzini & Occhioni, nom. cons.
[Sipaneeae [[[Henriquezieae + Posoquerieae] [Isertieae + Cinchoneae]] [[Mussaendeae + Sabiceeae] [Steenisieae [Retiniphylleae [[Jackieae + Airospermeae] [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]]]]]]]: ?
2. Sipaneeae Bremekamp
Shrubs/(herbs)/(annuals); (raphides 0); inflorescences terminal/axillary; C left-contorted; pollen grains foveolate; secondary pollen presentation 0; placentae stalked; many ovules/carpel; fruit septi-/loculicidal capsules/dry, indehiscent; exotestal cells with ± warty thickenings on anticlinal and inner periclinal walls.
10/43: Sipanea (17). Tropical Central and South America E of the Andes, 7 genera endemic to Guayana.
[[[Henriquezieae + Posoquerieae] [Isertieae + Cinchoneae]] [[Mussaendeae + Sabiceeae] [Steenisieae [Retiniphylleae [[Jackieae + Airospermeae] [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]]]]]]]: ?
[[Henriquezieae + Posoquerieae] [Isertieae + Cinchoneae]]: secondary pollen presentation 0; many ovules/carpel.
[Henriquezieae + Posoquerieae]: flowers 5-merous.
2. Henriquezieae Bentham & J. D. Hooker
Trees (shrubs); vessels (44-)114, 172 (-341)μm across; vascular pit borders 7.8-9.8μm across, aliform-confluent xylem parenchyma ± developed, rays uniseriate, low, fibres with very thick walls; phloem with large resin cells; nodes 3(-7):3(-7); petiole bundle annular, with inverted plate(s) of vascular tissue and wing bundles; (axillary stipule colleters 0); (large flat glands on abaxial bases of petioles), stipules large, (intrapetiolar); flowers ± monosymmetric; K (4 - Henriquezia), (open), C induplicate-valvate/imbricate; pollen grains >50μm across, (in tetrads); (G ± superior); (2-4 collateral ovules/carpelI; fruit loculicidal capsules, K deciduous, leaving a ring; seeds flattened/(not), 0.5-9.5 cm across, wings several cells thick; exotestal cells outer surface papillate/short hairs/wartlets/concave; endosperm 0, cotyledons large, cordate; n = 13-16, 20, 21.
3/20. Amazon, esp. Guayana.
Synonymy: Henriqueziaceae Bremekamp
2. Posoquerieae Delprete
Trees (shrubs);; inflorescence terminal; flowers monosymmetric; C imbricate or left contorted, 0.3-38 cm long[!], anthers connate, (filaments of different lengths), explosive pollination; fruit leathery or woody berries/loculicidal capsules/baccate; seeds large/small; exotestal cells parenchymatous/radially elongated and walls thickened; n = ?
[Isertieae + Cinchoneae]: ?
2. Isertieae de Candolle
Shrubs to trees (lianas); indole alkaloids +; inflorescences terminal; (calycophylls + - Kerianthera); flowers to 7-merous; C valvate (imbricate); anthers polysporangiate; pollen 3-colporoidate [colpi poorly developed, orae well developed]; G [2-5(-6)]; fruit (baccate), (placental pulp +); seeds (winged), exotestal cells thickened on inner periclinal walls; (n = 9, 10).
2/15. Tropical America.
2. Cinchoneae de Candolle
Shrubs to small trees; (anthraquinones +), indole alkaloids +; nodes 1:1; petiole bundle prostrate D-shaped, with medullary plate; C valvate, sericeous abaxially; pollen 3-colporate, inner part of aperture [os] poorly defined; ovules with chalazal apiculus; fruit septicidal; seeds winged; exotestal cells thickened reticulately on inner periclinal walls/?massively pitted; n = 13, 14, 17, 18.
9/117: Remijia (38), Ladenbergia (34), Cinchona (23). Costa Rica to tropical South America. [Photo - Flower].
Synonymy: Cinchonaceae Batsch
[[Mussaendeae + Sabiceeae] [Steenisieae [Retiniphylleae [[Jackieae + Airospermeae] [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]]]]]: indole alkaloids 0[?].
[Mussaendeae + Sabiceeae]: heterostyly + (0); C (reduplicate-)valvate; many ovules/carpel; fruit baccate.
Age. This node is dated to (66.3-)47.3(-26.6) Ma (Duan et al. 2018: check sister).
2. Mussaendeae J. D. Hooker
Shrubs to trees or lianes; (laticifers +); nodes 1:1; petiole bundle C-shaped; (plant dioecious); inflorescences terminal; flowers 5-merous; (semaphyllous calycophylls +); C also induplicate-valvate; pollen grains (3-celled); fruit also loculicidal capsule.
7/157: Mussaenda (132). Africa, Southeast Asia to the Pacific.
2. Sabiceeae Bremekamp (inc. Virectarieae)
Shrubs, climbers (herbs); crystal sand +/(styloids +); lamina abaxially usu. with dense indumentum; inflorescences axillary/(terminal); flowers 4-8-merous; pollen grains also 3-4-porate; G [2-5], stigma; fruit (schizocarp/loculicidal capsule); exotestal cells with (complex) verrucate thickenings on inner periclinal/(and anticlinal) walls, small/large pits; endosperm horny, embryo short; (n = 9).
4/160: Sabicea (150). Neotropics, Africa, Sri Lanka.
Synonymy: Sabiceaceae Martynov
[Steenisieae [Retiniphylleae [[Jackieae + Airospermeae] [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]]]]: ?
2. Steenisieae Kainulainen & B. Bremer
Shrub, monocaulous; hairs thick walled; inflorescences axillary, flowers 4-5-merous; pterophyllous calycophylls +, C left-contorted; anthers connate around style, with long apical appendages; secondary pollen presentation +; many ovules/carpel; fruit a septicidal capsule; seeds flattened; endosperm hard-bony; n = ?
1/5. Borneo, Malaya, Natuna Is.
[Retiniphylleae [[Jackieae + Airospermeae] [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]]]: ?
2. Retiniphylleae Bentham & J. D. Hooker
Shrubs to trees; buds resiniferous; inflorescences terminal; bracteoles connat [= calyculus at apex of pedicel]; C contorted; secondary pollen presentation +; anthers with apical and basal appendages; G [(4-)5(-8)]; ovules 2/carpel, collateral, pendulous, with common cap-like micropylar obturator; fruit drupaceous, with 1-seeded pyrenes; testa parenchymatous; endosperm ?oily, cotyledons< 1/22. White sand, South America, esp. the Guayanan region. [[Jackieae + Airospermeae] [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]]: ? [Jackieae + Airospermeae]: flowers 5-merous. 2. Jackieae Korthals Tree; stipules connate, sheathing, fimbriate; inflorescences usu. axillary; K usu. 3, C ?aestivation; secondary pollen presentation?; 2-5 ovules/carpel, placentae basal; fruit a 1-seeded nutlet, pterophyllous calycophyll, pink; ?embryo. 1/1: Jackiopsis ornata. West Malesia. 2. Airospermeae Kainulainen & B. Bremer ± Shrubby (monocaulous); inflorescences terminal; C left-contorted; secondary pollen presentation?; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel; fruits drupaceous, 2 pyrenes; ?embryo; n = ? 2/7. Flores, Philippines, Papua, Fiji. [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]: C left-contorted. Vanguerieae alliance, = [Crossopterygeae [Glionettia, Trailliaedoxeae, Vanguerieae [Scyphiphoreae [Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]]]]: ? 2. Crossopterygeae Bridson Smallish tree; inflorescences terminal; flowers 4-6-merous; secondary pollen presentation +; pollen 3-colpate; stigma lobes +, broad; few ovules/carpel, impressed in placentae; fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds flattened, with fimbriate wing; n = ? 1/1: Crossopteryx febrifuga. Tropical Africa, savannas. [Glionettia, Trailliaedoxeae, Vanguerieae [Scyphiphoreae [Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]]]: ? 2. Glionettia Tirvengadum Shrub to small tree; inflorescences terminal on lateral branches; flowers 5-merous; secondary pollen presentation 0, stigma lobes +; many ovules/carpel; fruit a loculicidal capsule; exotestal cells elongated, anticlinal and inner periclinal cells massively thickened; n = ? 1/1: Glionettia sericea. The Seychelles. 2. Trailliaedoxeae Kainulainen & B. Bremer Shrublet, thorny; inflorescence terminal; flowers minute [≤2.5 mm long], 5-merous; ?pollen; secondary pollen presentation ?+ [anthers dehiscing in bud]; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel; fruit a schizocarp; endosperm 0; n = ? 1/1: Trailliaedoxa gracilis. SW China. 2. Vanguerieae Dumortier Shrubs to trees/(climbers/geofrutices); (plant deciduous); nodes 1:1/3:3; (short sh0ots +), (thorns from supernumerary buds); branches plagiotropic, leaves secondarily biseriate; lamina (with Burkholderia in the mesophyll); (plant dioecious); inflorescences axillary; flowers 4-5-merous; K (large), connate, C valvate, (moniliform hairs at the throat and/or deflexed unicellular hairs down tube); secondary pollen presentation +; pollen grains por(or)ate/short colporate, (with pollen buds); G [2-5], pollen presenter hood-like, outer cells radially elongated, stigma recessed or not; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel, embryo sac elongated, obturator +; fruit drupaceous, stones with apical germination slit; endosperm soft, oily, embryo curved, cotyledons accumbent, suspensor multiseriate; (germination cryptocotylar). 25/1,100: Psydrax (100), Pyrostria (80), Rytigynia (70), Vangueria (60), Fadogia (45), Peponidium (45), Canthium (30). Africa, islands of Indian Ocean, Asia to Australia and the Pacific, tropical and subtropical.
[Scyphiphoreae [Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]]: K connate, secondary pollen presentation +. 2. Scyphiphoreae Kainulainen & B. Bremer Shrub to small tree; nodes 1:1; veinlet endings with distinctive tracheids; petioles articulated, stipules basally connate; inflorescences axillary; flowers 4(-5)-merous; K tubular; placentae horizontally T-shaped; ovules 2/carpel, 1 ascending, epitropous, 1 descending, apotropous, chalazal projection +, funicular obturator +; embryo sac bisporic, 8-nucleate [Allium type]; fruit dry, K persistent, mesocarp well developed, ridged; exotestal cells with pitted U-shaped thickenings; endosperm oily; embryo long, cots ± = racicle. 1/1: Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea. Mangroves, India to China (Hainan), Australia, New Caledonia. [Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]: inflorescences usu. terminal; flowers 5-merous; 2. Greeneeae Mouly, J. Florence & B. Bremer inflorescence branches scorpioid; flowers 5-merous, protogynous; K not connate; secondary pollen presentation 0; many ovules/carpel; fruit capsular; n = ? 2/8. Indochina to Sumatra.
1/22. White sand, South America, esp. the Guayanan region.
[[Jackieae + Airospermeae] [Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]]: ?
[Jackieae + Airospermeae]: flowers 5-merous.
2. Jackieae Korthals
Tree; stipules connate, sheathing, fimbriate; inflorescences usu. axillary; K usu. 3, C ?aestivation; secondary pollen presentation?; 2-5 ovules/carpel, placentae basal; fruit a 1-seeded nutlet, pterophyllous calycophyll, pink; ?embryo.
1/1: Jackiopsis ornata. West Malesia.
2. Airospermeae Kainulainen & B. Bremer
± Shrubby (monocaulous); inflorescences terminal; C left-contorted; secondary pollen presentation?; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel; fruits drupaceous, 2 pyrenes; ?embryo; n = ?
2/7. Flores, Philippines, Papua, Fiji.
[Vanguerieae alliance + Coffeeae alliance]: C left-contorted.
Vanguerieae alliance, = [Crossopterygeae [Glionettia, Trailliaedoxeae, Vanguerieae [Scyphiphoreae [Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]]]]: ?
2. Crossopterygeae Bridson
Smallish tree; inflorescences terminal; flowers 4-6-merous; secondary pollen presentation +; pollen 3-colpate; stigma lobes +, broad; few ovules/carpel, impressed in placentae; fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds flattened, with fimbriate wing; n = ?
1/1: Crossopteryx febrifuga. Tropical Africa, savannas.
[Glionettia, Trailliaedoxeae, Vanguerieae [Scyphiphoreae [Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]]]: ?
2. Glionettia Tirvengadum
Shrub to small tree; inflorescences terminal on lateral branches; flowers 5-merous; secondary pollen presentation 0, stigma lobes +; many ovules/carpel; fruit a loculicidal capsule; exotestal cells elongated, anticlinal and inner periclinal cells massively thickened; n = ?
1/1: Glionettia sericea. The Seychelles.
2. Trailliaedoxeae Kainulainen & B. Bremer
Shrublet, thorny; inflorescence terminal; flowers minute [≤2.5 mm long], 5-merous; ?pollen; secondary pollen presentation ?+ [anthers dehiscing in bud]; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel; fruit a schizocarp; endosperm 0; n = ?
1/1: Trailliaedoxa gracilis. SW China.
2. Vanguerieae Dumortier
Shrubs to trees/(climbers/geofrutices); (plant deciduous); nodes 1:1/3:3; (short sh0ots +), (thorns from supernumerary buds); branches plagiotropic, leaves secondarily biseriate; lamina (with Burkholderia in the mesophyll); (plant dioecious); inflorescences axillary; flowers 4-5-merous; K (large), connate, C valvate, (moniliform hairs at the throat and/or deflexed unicellular hairs down tube); secondary pollen presentation +; pollen grains por(or)ate/short colporate, (with pollen buds); G [2-5], pollen presenter hood-like, outer cells radially elongated, stigma recessed or not; 1 pendulous ovule/carpel, embryo sac elongated, obturator +; fruit drupaceous, stones with apical germination slit; endosperm soft, oily, embryo curved, cotyledons accumbent, suspensor multiseriate; (germination cryptocotylar).
25/1,100: Psydrax (100), Pyrostria (80), Rytigynia (70), Vangueria (60), Fadogia (45), Peponidium (45), Canthium (30). Africa, islands of Indian Ocean, Asia to Australia and the Pacific, tropical and subtropical.
[Scyphiphoreae [Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]]: K connate, secondary pollen presentation +.
2. Scyphiphoreae Kainulainen & B. Bremer
Shrub to small tree; nodes 1:1; veinlet endings with distinctive tracheids; petioles articulated, stipules basally connate; inflorescences axillary; flowers 4(-5)-merous; K tubular; placentae horizontally T-shaped; ovules 2/carpel, 1 ascending, epitropous, 1 descending, apotropous, chalazal projection +, funicular obturator +; embryo sac bisporic, 8-nucleate [Allium type]; fruit dry, K persistent, mesocarp well developed, ridged; exotestal cells with pitted U-shaped thickenings; endosperm oily; embryo long, cots ± = racicle.
1/1: Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea. Mangroves, India to China (Hainan), Australia, New Caledonia.
[Greenieae [Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]]: inflorescences usu. terminal; flowers 5-merous;
2. Greeneeae Mouly, J. Florence & B. Bremer
inflorescence branches scorpioid; flowers 5-merous, protogynous; K not connate; secondary pollen presentation 0; many ovules/carpel; fruit capsular; n = ?
2/8. Indochina to Sumatra.
[Aleisanthieae + Ixoreae]: ?
2. Aleisanthieae Mouly, J. Florence & B. Bremer
Shrubs to trees; lamina often with woolly indumentum abaxially; inflorescences (axillary), branches scorpioid; pollen grains (pororate, etc.); many ovules/carpel; fruit capsular, endocarp hard; exotestal walls with thickenings; n = ?
3/10. Malay Peninsula, Borneo, the Philippines.
2. Ixoreae A. Gray
Trees and shrubs; xylem with banded parenchyma; nodes 1:1/3:3; (styloids +); petiole articulated; (plant cauliflorous); flowers 4-merous; G ([-7]), stigma bilobed; one ovule/carpel; fruit drupaceous; seed adaxially concave.
1/300. Tropical, inc. the Pacific.
Coffeeae alliance = [Alberteae [Augusteae [Gardenieae, Cordiereae, [Bertiereae + Coffeeae], [Pavetteae, Octotropideae, Sherbournieae]]]]: C left-contorted.
2. Alberteae Sonder
Shrubs (semisucculent) to trees; xylem with banded parenchyma; nodes 1:1/3:3; plant monopodial (often), inflorescences terminal on lateral branches; flowers 5-merous, mono-/polysymmetric; semaphyllous/pterophyllous calycophylls +, C contorted, indfundibular/tubular; anthers with basal appendages (not); secondary pollen presentation 0, stigma lobes short; 1 pendulous apotropous ovule/carpel, obturator +; fruit indehiscent/2 mericarps separating from base, stone (with apical germination slit); exotestal cells thickened on inner periclinal/(and anticlinal) walls; endosperm soft, oily, suspensor massive, multiseriate; (n = 10).
3/8. Madagascar, South Africa (1 sp.).
[Augusteae [Gardenieae, Cordiereae, [Bertiereae + Coffeeae], [Pavetteae, Octotropideae, Sherbournieae]]]: ?
2. Augusteae Kainulainen & B. Bremer
Shrubs to trees; nodes 1:1; inflorescence terminal, flowers (4-)5-merous; C (imbricate - FoC); secondary pollen presentation ?, stigma ± bilobed; many ovules/carpel, placentae peltate; fruit septi-/loculicidal capsule; seeds minute, flattened (narrowly winged); endosperm fleshy; (n = ?12).
2/94: Wendlandia (90). Scattered, Tropical America, Southeast Asia to Australia and Fiji, northeast Africa.
[Gardenieae, Cordiereae, [Bertiereae + Coffeeae], [Pavetteae, Octotropideae, Sherbournieae]]] : 3 colpor?
2. Gardenieae de Candolle
Shrubs to trees, lianes (epiphytes); large resin cells in phloem; nodes 1:1/3:3/5:5; (petiole bundle U-shaped), foliar sclereids +; inflorescences terminal [inc. pseudoaxillary]; C (right-contorted); C (3-)5-6(-13); anters with placentoids; pollen grains (in tetrads/massulae/also porate/pantoporate - esp. Randia, Alibertia), orbicules 0; secondary pollen presentation +, G [2-9(-16)], placentae ± stalked, peltate/(parietal), (stigma bilobed); ovules 1-many/carpel; fruit baccate, placentae fleshy/(drupe - Duperrea); seed (adaxially excavated); exotesta fibrous[?]; endosperm (ruminate), horny; (n = ?10, ?17).
55/ Gardenia (200/60), Randia (100). Pantropical.
Synonymy: Gardeniaceae Dumortier, Randiaceae Martynov
2. Cordiereae de Candolle
Shrubs to trees; plant dioecious; inflorescences terminal [female - 1-few flowered]; flowers usu 5-merous; secondary pollen presentation 0; male: pollen grains (-7)-aperturate, also por(or)ate; female: G [2-7], stigma ± fusiform, lobed; (1-)3-many ovules/carpel; fruit baccate, placentae fleshy; n = ?
12/122: Alibertia (35), Duroia (25). Central and tropical South America.
[Bertiereae + Coffeeae] : C left-contorted.
2. Bertiereae Bridson
Shrubs to small trees (climbers, stoloniferous herbs); elongated cells with crystal sand in leaf; growth monopodial; inflorescences usu. terminal; flower usu 5-merous; secondary pollen presentation +; anthers with apical connective appendages; placentae peltate, style ridged, shortly bifid; many ovules/carpel; fruit baccate/(sudrupaceous)/wall ± dry; exotestal cells with much thickened (pitted) inner periclinal and ± anticlinal walls; endosperm oily, walls quite thick, ambryo ?short, cotyledons << radicle.
1/55. Tropical America and Africa to the Mascarenes.
2. Coffeeae de Candolle
Shrubs to trees (lianes); growth monopodial; nodes 1:1/3:3; (leaves with bacterial nodules); inflorescences axillary, sessile, paired; calyculus + [= fused bracts and bracteoles]; flowers 4-8(-12)-merous; secondary pollen presentation +/0; stigma bilobed; 1-2(-10(-20)) ovules/carpel; fruit drupaceous/?baccate; (placentae fleshy, surrounding seeds); seed (ventrally grooved), radicle usu. down; exotesta 0/± crushed/isolated fibres/walls thickened; endosperm (ruminate), radicle superiot.
12/200: Coffea (125), Tricalysia (90). Tropical Africa and Asia to Australia, islands of Indian Ocean.
Synonymy: Coffeaceae Batsch
[Octotropideae, Pavetteae, Sherbournieae]: C left-contorted; secondary pollen presentation +;
2. Octotropideae Beddome (Hypobathrideae)
Trees to shrubs; nodes 1:1; petiole base articulated; inflorescences supraaxillary; flowers 4(-5)-merous; placentae very variable/(parietal), stigma shortly 2-lobed; 1-many epi(?apo)tropous ovules/carpel; fruit ± baccate/(leathery); (seeds winged); exotesta appearing fibrous or striate, cells thickened on anticlinal/(also outer periclinal) walls/not; endosperm (ruminate), horny; cotyledons << radicle [Oct]; (n = 12).
18/105: Hypobathrum (35). Largely tropical Africa, Madagascar and associated islands, also India to West Malesia.
2. Pubistylus Thothathri
Small tree to shrub; ?nodes; inflorescences axillary; flowers 5-merous; C imbricate; secondary pollen presentation?; stigma 2-lobed; ovules 1-2/carpel, pendulous, epitropous; fruit drupaceous; exotestal cells "thick-walled"/E1C1; endosperm ruminate, embryo short, cotyledons << radicle; n + ?
1/1: Pubistylus addamensis. Andaman Is, Indian Ocean.
2. Pavetteae Dumortier
Trees to shrubs; nodes 1:1/3:3; plant usu monopodial; (leaves with bacterial nodules); inflorescence usu. terminal; flowers 4-5(-6)-merous; (anthers with transverse septae), (pollen grains circular to quadrangular in polar view, often 4-colporate); ovules 1-many/carpel, apotropous/?, obturator massive; fruit a drupe, pyrenes bilocular, 1-several seeds/loculus, (slight placental pulp); seeds with adaxial hilar excavation, testa often forming a thickened ring around the hilum, exotestal cells thickened on outer periclinal walls/parenchymatous; endosperm cellular, ruminate/not, embryo short to mid-sized [1/2 length of seed]; (n = 10).
19/750: Pavetta (40), Tarenna (200), Rutidea (22). Old World tropics inc. NE Australia, esp. Africa and Madagascar.
?to be recognized? 2. Cremasporeae (Verdcourt) S. P. Darwin
Shrubs to small trees or lianes; inflorescences axillary; secondary pollen presentation; anthers long-apiculate; pollen 3-colpate; stigma shortly bilobed; ovules 1/loculus, pendulous; fruit indehiscent, beaked or not; exotestal cells much thickened on anticlinal walls; endosperm horny, embryo small, radicle inferior; n = ?
1/2. Subsaharan Africa, Cape Verde Islands, Madagascar, the Comoros.
2. Sherbournieae Mouly & B. Bremer
Plant ± shrubby, lianescent; nodes 1:1; inflorescence pseudoterminal; pollen grains (in tetrads), por(or)ate; many ovules/carpel, placentation parietal; fruit baccate, placentae pulpy; exotesta folded, walls with thickenings; n = ?
4/54: Oxyanthus (34). Tropical and southern Africa.
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. For dates in Rubiaceae, see e.g. Bremer and Eriksson (2009), Antonelli et al. (2009: divergences within South American Cinchonoideae, especially [Isertieae + Cinchoneae]), Wikström et al. (2015: many dates), Rydin et al. (2017), Neupane et al. (2017: esp. Spermacoceae) and Razafimandimbison et al. (2019: esp Rubioideae).
A number of papers have discussed the evolution of Rubiaceae, but since some of both the broad patterns and details of relationships (and ages) in the family as a whole in Rydin et al. (2017) differ from those in earlier papers, talking about evolution in the family is currently rather difficult. Furthermore, compounding the problem, clades like Luculieae, Coptosapelteae, and [Colletoecemateae + Seychelleeae] (for the last, see Razafimandimbison et al. 2019) are species-poor, morphologically interesting, and at/near the base of the tree, if their particular positions are not always certain.
Antonelli et al. (2009) thought that Rubiaceae had a boreo-tropical origin and had moved into South America from the Old World via a North Atlantic land bridge. Manns et al. (2012), however, suggested that Ixoroideae (= Dialypetalanthoideae) and Cinchonoideae originated in South America ca 78.5 Ma, with substantial subsequent long distance dispersal - not so much by land bridges - of taxa with both wind- and animal-dipersed seeds. In particular, the palaeotropical [Hymenodictyeae + Naucleeae] probably moved there from the New World in the Eocene (Manns et al. 2012). The speciose [Theligonieae + Rubieae] may have evolved along the northern coast of the Tethys (Deng et al. 2017). Long distance dispersal is quite often invoked to explain broad patterns of distribution, the plants thought to be involved often having drupaceous fruits (B. Bremer & Eriksson 1992; see also Willis et al. 2014a), although it can be difficult to decide exactly what kind of fruit a plant has (Rutishauser et al. 1998)...
Lower-level studies also emphasize frequent long distance dispersal events. The dioecious Coprosma, with around 110 species, may have originated in New Zealand (or perhaps New Guinea), and in the former it is the second most diverse woody lineage after Hebe (= Veronica). Stem [Coprosma + Nertera] has been dated to (47-)39(-30) Ma, before the Oligocene marine transgression, but well after the separation of Zealandia from Gondwana (Wallis & Jorge 2018), but diversification began in New Zealand less than 14 Ma (Coprosma and Nertera diverged just over 25 Ma); from there it was dispersed, apparently by birds, widely across the Pacific perhaps some 16 times, although surprisingly, perhaps, it is absent from New Caledonia (e.g. Cantley et al. 2014, 2016). It has been suggested that there were some 30 or more long distance dispersal events, including two to the Hawaiian archipelago where there were subsequently eight or more dispersal events to the one island within the archipelago (Cantley & Keeley 2012; Cantley et al. 2014, 2016; Hembry 2018: Marquesas, also other Rubiaceae). All this makes for dizzying reading. Suggestions that Jurassic to Cretaceous Gondwanan vicariance events have shaped distributions in Anthospermeae, vicariance effects also being responsible for the distribution of Coprosma with which Cantley et al. grappled (Heads 1996, 2017, 2018: metapopulation vicariance) would seem to be unlikely. Coprosma is also known for the extent of the variation it shows in wood anatomy (Jansen et al. 2002).
Looking at relationships in the pantropical Lasiantheae, Smedmark et al. (2014) emphasized how difficult it was to reconstruct biogeographical events if more than one resolution was allowed for nodes whose support was weak - indeed, little could be said. For the speciose Rubieae, the Old World is a possible place of origin (Soza & Olmstead 2010a). In both the Coffeeae and Psychotrieae alliances, common in the western Indian Ocean area, there have been numerous dispersal events to Madagascar in particular, mostly from the west. Many of these are thought to have occurred within the last 15 Ma at a time when ocean currents, etc.,have rather perversely been flowing from the east, furthermore, there are not many frugivorous birds on Madagascar/migratory frugivorous birds in the area, so how dispersal has occured is unclear (Wikström et al. 2010; Razafimandimbison et al. 2017; Kainulainen et al. 2017). Interestingly, a clade of Malagasy dry-fruited Spermacoceae including Astiella (it is sister to a clade that includes Houstonia) may have moved there from the New World during the Oligocene, although the whole tribe is largely distylous, normally not conducive to long distance dispersal (Janssens et al. 2015). Despite some biogeographic connections between Madagascar and the east, there is as yet no evidence that either the Mascarenes nor the Seychelles were involved, and Rubiaceae on the Comoros and the Mascarenes seem to have had an origin in Madagscar (Wikström et al. 2010). Tosh (2009) summarized biogeographical studies on Madagascan Rubiaceae.
The old Psychotria was a very large genus of small to smallish shrubby plants that forms species swarms in the lowland tropics. It is now divided into largely Old and New World clades; the former are Psychotria s. str. and the latter are included in Palicourea (Taylor 2017 for references). In the Old World there are 250+ species of Psychotria s.l. throughout the New Guinea/Pacific area (Andersson 2002; Nepokroeff et al. 2003: Hawaiian radiation - note that these two papers have different taxonomies; Barrabé et al. 2013; esp. Razafimandimbison et al. 2014 and references; Lim & Marshall 2017: diversity still increasing, even on old islands). The genus is abundant throughout Malesia (Nepokroeff et al. 1999; Andersson 2002), and includes the highly derived ant plants like Myrmecodia and Hydnophytum and relatives. Indeed, in the South-East Asian - West Pacific region there has been considerable diversification of myrmecophytic Rubiaceae (see below), and genera like Squamellaria and Myrmecodia (both = Psychotria s.l.) are commonly found in ant gardens - assemblages of plants on trees that are the result of activities of the ants - that evolved perhaps (7.8-)5.8(-3.8) Ma (Chomicki et al. 2017a). Squamellaria has diversified on islands in the southwestern Pacific within the last 12 Ma or so (Chomicki & Renner 2016a). Psychotria in New Caledonia, with some 85 species, represents yet another major radiation (Barrabé et al. 2013), interestingly, its relationships are not with the Pacific Psychotria, 78/87 of the New Caledonian species belonging to a clade that has diversified there within the last ca 7 Ma that is sister to an Australian clade, while the remaining nine species belong to three separate clades (Barrabé et al. 2013, q.v. for many dates). In a clade of New World Psychotria (= subgenus Psychotria) older species tend to occupy larger areas than younger species (Paul et al. 2009); c.f. J. C. Willis's "age and area" hypothesis (e.g. Willis 1922), but the conceptual baggage is presumably very different in the former. Sedio et al. (2013) examined the movement of Palicourea and Psychotria in the New World at about the time of the biotic interchange between North and South America (there dated to ca 3 Ma) and noted that the ecological preferences of taxa that moved did not change, and that in Central America in particular the ecological diversity of these genera was increased by immigrants from South America with ecological preferences other than those of the natives.
Some 20 species of Psychotria from Barro Colorado island (BCI), Panama, like several other taxa that grow in swarms of ecologically similar species in LTRF, show considerable differences between closely related species in their foliar secondary chemistry, the differences being implicated in defence against herbivores (Sedio et al. 2017, see also Endara et al. 2017). These sympatric species of Psychotria on B.C.I. have very different endophytic fungi - this depends on the plant's chemistry - and in turn the endophytes affect their host's chemitsry (Christian et al. 2020). Furthermore, species growing together in BCI were more closely related than expected by chance, and the hydraulic traits that were being studied were conserved phylogenetically (Sedio et al. 2012). For similar systems, see Inga, Piper, Eugenia, Passiflora, sundry Solanaceae and Protium, etc..
There is considerable variation in fruit and seed morphology in Rubiaceae, and I have not done it justice here. Overall, there may be a correlation between fruit type, plant habit, and diversification. Thus clades that are shrubs or trees and in which winged seeds are apomorphic, shrubs with animal-dispersed fruits, and herbs with abiotic dispersal (but not winged seeds), are all notably speciose (Eriksson & Bremer 1991; B. Bremer & Eriksson 1992). Fleshy fruits may have evolved about twelve times in the family, especially during the Eocene-Oligocene period (B. Bremer & Eriksson 1992), although this figure is likely to be an underestimate, fleshy fruits having evolved at least four times in a New World clade of Galium alone (Soza & Olmstead 2010b, q.v. for other fruit morphologies there). Ehrendorfer et al. (2018) also deal with some aspects of the evolution of fruits in Rubieae in the course of their extensive discussion on the evolution of the tribe - initial diversification in western Eurasia? For fruit evolution in Cinchonoideae in the old sense, see Torres-Montúfar et al. (2018b), but note that terms used to describe fruits with superior ovaries, as in that paper, cannot be readily used for fruits with inferior ovaries, as in Rubiaceae. For the evolution of schizocarpous fruits in Psychotria and of many-seeded carpels from one-seeded carpels, see Razafimandimbison et al. (2014). In Mussaenda there seems to be an association between diversification and dioecy (Duan et al. 2018; see also Käfer et al. 2014), which has evolved perhaps 4 times here, with heterostyly the plesiomorphic condition, but not with plant habit, etc.. (Note that diversification within Mussaenda, which contains over 80% of the species in the tribe, did not begin until ca (12.6-)9(-5.6) Ma, ca 40 Ma after the origin of the tribe - Duan et al. 2018.)
Vicentini (2016) discussed the evolution of Pagamea (Rubioideae-Gaertnereae), one of the more prominent clades that has diversified largely on white sand in South America; species limits there can be very tricky (Prata et al. 2018). See Nowak et al. (2012) for the biogeography of Coffea (Cinchonoideae), which has gametophytic self incompatility, even on Mauritius. There the initial colonization is likely to have involved at least four, probably 14 or more seeds - and thus 2-7 or more fruits - arriving more or less simultaneously (Nowak et al. 2014); Coffea probably moved from Africa to Madagascar (Hamon et al. 2017). Cinch.-Rondeletieae are largely (120/180 spp.) Caribbean endemics (Torres-Montufár et al. 2017a).
Jansen et al. (2002c) provide an extensive analysis of wood anatomy and phylogeny; although there seemed to be a general correlation of "types" of wood anatomy with tribes, relationships in the old Cinchonoideae-Ixorodoideae need to be clarified before the variation in wood anatomy can be understood. Koek-Noorman (1997) had found that taxa might have fibre tracheids or septate libriform fibres, and that this correlated with variation in other features of wood anatomy - group I- and II-type woods.
For chemistry and phylogeny, see Young et al. (1996), while Dessein et al. (2005a) discussed the phylogenetic significance of palynological variation in the family. Endress (2011a) thought that the inferior ovary of Rubiaceae might be a key innovation.
Ecology & Physiology. Rubiaceae include the second highest number of tree species (i.e., plant with a single stem >2 m tall, of if two or more stems, one erect stem >5 cm d.b.h.) of any family(!), over 4,800 (Beech et al. 2017) - are no. 1, and they also have the second highest numbers of species overall in Amazonian forests (Cardoso et al. 2017) and also in Madagascar (Kainulainen et al. 2017). The family is not uncommonly epiphytic, and it represents an appreciable component of the woody epiphytic flora in the tropics. CAM photosynthesis has recently been detected in some species of the epiphytic and myrmecophytic Squamellaria (= Psychotria s.l.) from Oceania (Chomicki & Renner 2016a).
Rubiaceae are an important component of the understorey vegetation of tropical forests in both Malesia and the New World. Thus they are the fourth most speciose tree family in plots from throughout the Amazonian forests, but they include very few of the larger trees, being represented by only -- of the 277 species that make up half the stems 10 cm or more d.b.h. in those forests (ter Steege et al. 2013). For Psychotia, plant-animal interactions, and diversification, see below.
Razafimandimbison et al. (2012) looked at the evolution of growth habit in Morindeae; the liane habit is plesiomorphic there (ca 100 species in the Old World), with independent evolution of the self-supporting habit, perhaps connected with the diversification of the clade in the neotropics. Secondary woodiness may have evolved three time in Spermacoceae growing in tropical uplands (Neupane et al. 2017), and it has also evolved in Rubieae and Anthospermeae (Jansen et al. 2002c).
Rowe and Speck (2015) discuss the biomechanics of climbing in Galium aparine, which is covered in small prickles that act as grapnels.
Myrmecophytic Naucleeae are estimated to be ca 16 Ma or much younger (Chomicki & Renner 2015: Fig. S11), but the sampling, focussed on myrmecophytes, is slight. For more on myrmecophytism in Rubiaceae, see below.
Quite a number of Chiococceae, e.g. Schmidtottia, are to be found growing on serpentine or limestone in Cuba, also over serpentines in New Caledonia (e.g. Motley et al. 2005).
In South East Asia Rubiaceae are important food resouces for frugivores because they produce crops of sugar-rich fruits more or less aseasonally (Leighton & Leighton 1983), indeed, they are the most important gentianid food resource for smaller unspecialized avian frugivores in general (Snow 1981, see also below).
Pollination Biology & Seed Dispersal. Many Rubiaceae have rather small flowers, but they are often more or less closely aggregated; taxa like Cephalanthus and many Morindeae and Naucleeae have flowers aggregated into spherical heads. Cephaelis (= Palicourea: Rubioideae) has a condensed inflorescence immediately subtended by paired and coloured inflorescence bracts, while large, coloured calyx lobes (semaphyllous calycophylls) are scattered in Cinchonoideae in particular and help to attract the pollinator - note that these calycophylls often fall off, and the fruit is dehiscent (Delprete 2019). The Old World Mussaenda has single calycophylls on a few flowers in the quite lax inflorescence (the genus may be polyphyletic - see Alejandro et al. 2005; also Duan et al. 2018), while the New World Warszewiczia, often cultivated, has similarly conspicuous individual sepals. Claßen-Bockhoff (1996a) surveyed the more flower-like inflorescences that are quite common here; Cruckshanksia (Rubioideae-Coussareeae), from southern South America, is a particularly notable example of this. See also Wittmackanthus, Calycophyllum, Nematostylis, etc. - Delprete (2019) provides a review of calycophylls. Wind pollination characterises Theligonieae and is common in Anthospermeae.
In some species of Spermacoce (Rubioideae) the corolla is extensively modified, for example, lobes/pockets developing on either side of the apices of the corolla, the inside of the tube having various modifications, etc.,and pollination can be explosive (Vaes et al. 2006; Harwood & Dessein 2005: extreme palynological variation in Spermacoceae; Dessein et al. 2002, 2005b; Dessein 2003). Explosive pollination is also known from Posoquerieae (Cinchonoideae), pollen being catapulted onto the pollinating insect; the flowers are monosymmetric and may be inverted (Delprete 2009; Cortés-B. & Motley 2015). Here corolla length ranges from 38 cm in Posoqueria, pollinated by sphingids, to 0.3 cm in Molopanthera, probably bee-pollinated (Delprete 2009).
Secondary pollen presentation is notably common in Cinchonoideae (Nilsson et al. 1990; Igersheim 1993c; Puff et al. 1996: much information; de Block & Igersheim 2001; see also Tilney et al. 2011; Kainulainen et al. 2013). Here pollen is presented on the style, a brush-type pollen presentation mechanism. Tilney et al. (2014) suggested that in some taxa at least, hydrophilic pectic thickenings of anticlinally elongated cells of the surface of the pollen presenter, the thickenings of Igersheim, might interact with protruding onci/pollen buds of the pollen grains (they looked at Vangueria infausta - Vanguerieae) and be involved in the transfer of water, etc., from the plant to the pollen on the pollen presenter.
Many species of Rubioideae, overall, perhaps half of the whole family, are heterostylous (Bir Bahadur 1968; Robbrecht 1988), hardly surprisingly, perhaps, taxa with secondary pollen presentation are never heterostylous and there have been several reversals to homostyly (Ferrero et al. 2012). Anderson (1973) suggested that heterostyly had evolved several times from protandrous (Rubiaceae are overwhelmingly protandrous) self-compatible ancestors, and overall there has been 20 or so origins of the condition here (Ferrero et al. 2012; Cohen 2019: general). Dioecy occurs in a number of neotropical Gardenieae like Randia that have large fleshy fruits (C. Taylor, pers. comm.) and in Mussaenda (Duan et al. 2018), and monoecy is scattered, in particular occuring in a few wind-pollinated Rubioideae. In Vanguerieae and Mussaenda there are apparent reversals from dioecy to hermaphroditism (Razafimandimbison et al. 2009; Duan et al. 2018), and in New World Galium there may have been reversals to polygamy (Soza & Olmstead 2010b). For the evolution of breeding systems in Galium, see Goldberg et al. (2017).
Taxa in which the fruits have one or more expanded calyx lobes are scattered in the family. These are usually not coloured and attractive in flower (c.f. above), but are involved in seed dispersal alone, the fruits being indehiscent; Delprete (2019, q.v. for a list) calls them pterophyllous calycophylls. In Morindeae and some other taxa many-seeded fleshy fruits are in fact multiple fruits, the inferior ovaries of two or more flowers fusing (e.g. Razafimandimbison et al. 2012). The seeds of of Henriquezia (Rubiaceae-Cinchonoideae) are up to 8 cm in diameter (Cortés-B. & Motley 2015). Ophiorrhiza, usually a plant of the forest floor, has splash-cup dispersal, the cups opening only when wet; vivipary may also occur here, with the plantlets being dispersed (Dintu et al. 2014).
Plant-Animal Interactions.Some 140 species of Rubiaceae in 22 genera are myrmecophytes (Razafimandimbison et al. 2005). Myrmecodia, Hydnophytum and three other related Malesian "genera" (Psychotrieae-Hydnophytinae, = Psychotria s.l.) include some 117 species that are highly modified epiphytic ant plants, and they make up the largest such clade (Chomicki & Renner 2015, 2017; Chomicki 2020 for a useful summary). Overall relationships are [Squamellaria [Anthorrhiza [Hydnophytum (paraphyletic), Myrmephytum, Myrmecodium]]] (Chomicki & Renner 2016b). About 90 species in crown-group Hydnophytinae have been dated to around 13.7 Ma (Chomicki & Renner 2015: Fig. S7, 17 species of Hydnophytinae in tree, 2016), or perhaps (9.3-)6.3(-3.3) Ma; for other rubiaceous myrmecophytes, ages are younger (Chomicki & Renner 2017a; Chomicki et al. 2017a). The ants, whether specialists or generalists, live in chambers in the grossly swollen stem (hypocotyl) base. About 45 species of ants are generalists, nesting inside the swollen base (= domatia); the plants receive nutrients from the ants. However, only a few species of ants are involved in specialized symbioses; the ants also receive rewards from the plants and they may protect the plants against herbivores (Chomicki 2020). In some symbioses, material brought in by the ants is stored in chambers with warty walls and nutrients from this material and from ant excreta are taken up by the plant while the chambers with smooth walls are used by the ants to rear their offspring. The ants involved include the dolichoderines Pseudomyrmex and Anonychomyrma Chomicki & Renner 2019). Some of these myrmecophytes have more or less branched thorns or spines arising from the root, stem, inflorescence, and even the torn and eaten surfaces of the leaves (Huxley 1978; Jebb 1991; Huxley & Jebb 1991 for the taxonomy of the group). The mutualisms may break down, mainly at higher altitudes, and other organisms such as frogs may be found in the domatia (Chomicki & Renner 2017a). At these higher altitudes there are fewer ants and the walls of the domatia are not differentiated, all being smooth (Chomicki & Renner 2019).
An ant-plant relationship that has received a lot of recent attention is that between some, but not all, species of Fijian Squamellaria (also = Psychotria s.l.) and the dolichoderine ant Philidris nagasau (Chomicki et al. 2019; Wcislo 2020), which cannot make carton, so needing the plant to construct its domatia (Chomicki & Renner 2016b, 2019). The floral disc keeps on producing nectar, rich in sugars and amino acids, for ten or more days after anthesis, the ants, but not other insects, being able to take this nectar from the plant; fruit development does not begin until after nectar secretion stops (Chomicki et al. 2016a). Furthermore, P. nagasau disperses the seeds of these Squamellaria, putting them in cracks in the trunk of the host trees, and protecting them before they germinate, while related but non-farmed species of Squamellaria are dispersed by birds (Chomicki & Renner 2019). The ant even fertilizes the seedlings by excreting into the hypocotylar domatium with its warty walls (there are no smooth walls at this stage) before they can be occupied by the ant (Chomicki & Renner 2019). Squamellaria seedlings can develop a long hypocotyl which enables them to grow more easily out of the cracks in which they have been placed (Chomicki & Renner 2016b). Interestingly, P. nagasau puts the seeds on trunks in full sun, and plants that grow in such conditions flower profusely and provide the ant with copious nectar, and the ant protects the plants effectively (Chomicki et al. 2020). However, at the same time fertilization of the plant with nitrogen by the ant is reduced because of the high-nectar, low-insect diet of the ants in such sunny conditions; faeces of ants growing in shadier conditions are richer in N because of their higher-insect diet (Chomicki et al. 2020). However, neither insect nor plant seems to be negatively affected by these high-light conditions. Interestingly, three other clades in the hydnophytes grow in similar high-light environments, the largest being Myrmecodia (Chomicki et al. 2020), with around 26 species; here the association of the plant and ant (e.g. Iridiomyrmex cordata) is taken advantage of by larvae of the blue butterfly, Hypochrysopsis apollo (Dunn & Dunn 1991; Forster 2000). See above for more information on rubiaceous myrmecophytes.
Close associations with ants have arisen several other times in Rubiaceae. Thus there are several myrmecophytic Naucleeae, the ants - a variety of species are involved (Razafimandimbison et al. 2005) - living in less grotesquely swollen stem domatia. For example, some eight species of Neonauclea from Western Malesia have a three-way relayionships - ant-pseudococcid (for honeydew-Cladomyrma (Moog 2009). Interestingly, some of these myrmecophytic clades have diversified notably slowly and/or have very limited distributions; about 18/68 species in this group of Nauleeae are myrmecophytes and there have been about three origins of the habit (Razafimandibison et al. 2005). In the western Amazon, Duroia hirsuta is sometimes associated with the ant Myrmelachista schumanni which forms monospecific "devil's gardens" by poisoning the surrounding vegetation with formic acid (Davidson & McKey 1993; Salas-Lopez et al. 2016 and references). Ascomycete fungi, Chaetothyriales, often grow inside the domatia (Vasse et al. 2017). Rather surprisingly, hervory on ant-infested Duroia may be quite high (Frederickson & Gordon 2005). Plant growth in these gardens may be inhibited by formic acid injected by the ant and also by allelopathic compounds like the tetracyclic iridoid lactone (plumericin) produced by Duroia (Page et al. 1994).
Rubiaceae are not often eaten by caterpillar larvae of butterflies (Ehrlich & Raven 1964), although some sphingids (Semanophorae) do prefer members of the family (Forbes 1956).
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. There are bacterial leaf nodules in some 80 species of Psychotria (Rubioideae), mostly from east ASfrica-Madagascar, and their presence is correlated with development of distinctive colleters (Lersten 1974 and references). Leaf nodulation seems to have originated in mainland taxa which then moved to Madagascar and the Comoros independently, but not to the Mascarenes; nodulation has sometimes been lost, and also independently acquired in the Malagasy P. bullata (Razafimandimbison et al. 2014). Bacteria are initially to be found in mucilage secreted by the colleters, and they then move into substomatal cavities in the leaf, where they grow between intrusive thick-walled mesophyll cells, but noy in the cells (Lersten & Horner 1967; Pinto-Carbó et al. 2018). Bacteria of the ß-proteobacterium Burkholderia have been isolated from the nodules (van Oevelen et al. 2004), and there is vertical transmission of the bacterium in the seed near the plumule (Sinnesael et al. 2018). Although some species of Burkholderia are nitrogen-fixing symbionts in the root nodules of Fabaceae-Faboideae, nitrogen fixation has not been detected in Psychotria (Miller 1990). Protection against herbivory by the production of toxic chemicals by the bacteria seems quite likely (Verstraete et al. 2017), but in P. umbellata, at least, Burkholderia-free plants grew less well than plants with the bacteria (Sinnesael et al. 2019), and herbivory would not have been involved here. There are also about 440 species of Pavetta (Pavetteae) and Sericanthe (Coffeeae) (both Cinchonoideae) with leaf nodules; although specificity of Burkholderia is high and its transmission is largely vertical, there is also horizontal movement, and the association here is not of very long standing (Lemaire et al. 2011b). Members of two groups of Burkholderia also grow free in the leaf between mesophyll cells in some African Vanguerieae (Cinchonoideae), an association that also seems largely specific from the plant's point of view but not from that of the bacteria (Verstraete et al. 2013a, b). This association seems to have evolved three times, and although again any benefits to the partners are unclear, the diversity of the infected clades seems to be higher than that of their non-infected sister taxa (Verstraete et al. 2013b, 2017) - some 150 species of Vanguerieae may be involved. For more information, see I. M. Miller (1990) and C.-J. Yang and Hu (2018).
Vegetative Variation. Although most Rubiaceae can be recognised by a distinctive combination of vegetative characters - opposite entire leaves + interpetiolar stipules will do it - vegetative variation in the family is quite extensive, even apart from the remarkable morphologies of the myrmecophytic taxa just mentioned.
A number of taxa are lianes, and as might be expected, their anatomy can be distinctive. Leal et al. (2020: q.v. for more literature on cambial variants here) described additional vascular cylinders that might develop in the cortex or in dilated ray regions in both the stem and the root of Chiococca alba. Herbaceousness is prevalent in Rubioideae, but some Spermacoceae may be secondarily woody, and Knoxieae are thought to be both primarily and secondarily woody (Lens et al. 2009a, b). "Latex" is not uncommon.
Some taxa have 1:1 nodal anatomy, and Sinnott (1914) and Sinnott and Bailey (1914) had suggested that the basic condition for Rubiaceae was to have such nodes, as did Neubauer (1981), although this might seem rather odd for a family with well-developed stipules. Howard (1970) added a number of examples of Rubiaceae that had more complex nodes. Vascular bundles may encircle the node and they may come from one or several gaps, hence complicating the interpretation of nodal anatomy (c.f. Patil & Patil 2012: few examples taken from this source). Robbrecht and Puff (1986) thought that that 3:3 nodes were basic in Rubiaceae, and they distinguished between 1:1 and 1:3 nodal morphologies, variation associated with how stipules were innervated - both are included in the 1:1 "type" here (see also Mitra 1948 for innervation of the stipule). Genera with trilacunar or more complex nodes (Neubauer 1981; Robbrecht & Puff 1986) do not seem to correlate with phylogeny, indeed, Saha et al. (2014) proposed a correlation with habit: Woody taxa tended to have 3:3 nodes, herbaceous taxa 1:1 nodes. Rogers (2005) suggested that nodal anatomy of the family might repay closer investigation; the nodes of his Henriquezieae are definitely not the 1:1 type... However, overall we still know remarkably little about nodal anatomy in the family, although Robbrecht and Puff (1986) found a variety of nodal morphologies in Gardenieae and Sana and Maiti (2012) and especially Saha et al. (2014) have looked at the nodes of a number of Indian taxa. For the nodal anatomy of seedlings, see Bailey (1956) and Sisode and Patil (2004).
The nature of the whorled leaves of many species of Galium and relatives has been a matter of some dispute; Ehrendorfer et al. (2018) optimised some relevant vegtative variation on a tree of the tribe (see also L.-E Yang et al. 2018 for a phylogeny). They often have whorled leaves but lack obvious stipules, however, there are only two opposite branches and two 1:1 nodes per whorl, suggesting that the basic construction of the plant is having paired, opposite leaves each subtending a bud. Indeed, the nodes of most species (e.g. Majumdar & Pal 1958; Neubauer 1981), including those of genera like Phuopsis (pers. obs.), are of the 1:1 type, but branches separate from these single traces and form a vascular collar around the stem from which the stipular bundles diverge. However, taxa like G. rubioides have four leaves at a node which are all independently directly vascularized from the stele (Neubauer 1981; Rutishauser 1999); this is likely to be a derived condition (Soza & Olmstead 2010a). Soza and Olmstead (2010a) suggested that the basic condition in Rubieae was to have six leaves per whorl (c.f. L.-E Yang et al. 2015), although there was frequent evolution of four-membered whorls (and even reversals to six again). Leaves and stipules may come from separate primordia developing from a ring primordium encircling the stem (e.g. Pötter & Klopfer 1987), and it has even been suggested that "leaf-like stipules are independent structures, not part of the leaf" (Soza & Olmstead 2010a: p. 768). At the same time species like G. paradoxa sometimes have opposite leaves with paired, interpetiolar stipules - and there is similar variation in the unrelated Limnosipanea (C. Taylor, pers. comm.; = Galium s.l.) and also in Rubia (L.-E Yang et al. 2015). Kelloggia, sister to the rest of the tribe (Nie et al. 2005), has opposite leaves, as do Didymaea and Theligonum.
Anisophylly is well known in the family, occurring in herbaceous taxa like Theligonum and Argostemma, where it is especially marked in taxa like A. humilis. A number of taxa, especially those growing in more shaded conditions, have plagiotropic branches where all the leaves are in one plane because of twisting of the internodes; species include some Coffea, Psychotria, Amaracarpus, and Vanguerieae (e.g. Wong et al. 2018). Lobed leaves - leaves in the family never have teeth - have long been known from genera like Genipa and Pentagonia, species of the latter even having a fenestrate lamina (P. lanciloba). However, the discovery of taxa like P. osapinnata, which has fully compound imparipinnate leaves, the leaflets being subopposite to alternate and with undulate margins, came as something of a surprise (e.g. Hammel 2015).
Stipule morphology and position show considerable variation (see above - Galium, etc.. There are sometimes two pairs of stipules, one more or less intrapetiolar, the other interpetiolar.
Colleters in the axils of the stipules are common in the family (e.g. Lersten 1974; Miguel et al. 2010 and references; Tresmondi et al. 2015; Lopes-Mattos et al. 2015; Judkevich et al. 2017: Spermacoceae). The exudate from the colleters of Kindia (Pavetteae) is bright orange and contains a variety of triterpenes (Cheek et al. 2018a). However, Henriquezia and Platycarpum (Henriquezieae) lack colleters, although they have glands on the leaves that may secrete nectar (Cortés-B. & Motley 2015). Rubieae also lack colleters in the axils of their foliaceous stipules, although the leaf blade has more or less pellucid glands, while in a number of taxa with fimbriate stipules the colleters are not axillary, but are borne on the ends of the fimbriae (Krause 1909). Colleters are also common in the flowers, thus in Cephalanthus they are found in the sinuses of both calyx and corolla (Romero et al. 2017), but I know little about details of their distribution here.
Genes & Genomes. For a survey of chromosome numbers in the family, see Kiehn (1995), for chromosomes of some Thai Rubiaceae, see Puangsomlee and Puff (2001) and for those of Neotropical Rubioideae, see Kiehn (2010); polyploidy is widespread. Chromosome numbers in Coprosma range from n = 16 to n = ca 110 or so, with higher numbers from Hawai'i,Tasmania and Macquarie Island (Dawson 1995). x = 11 for the family, perhaps (e.g. Raghavan & Rangaswamy 1941). However, little seems to be known about basic cytological variation.
Molecular evolution in the herbaceous Rubioideae seems to faster compared to that in the woody members (Rydin et al. 2009b); note the laggard woody Dunnia within the herbaceous clade!
The chloroplast atpB promoter region, etc., vary in Rubioideae (Manen & Natali 1996; Natali et al. 1996).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. For cyclotide proteins, found in Oldenlandia, Psychotria, and relatives in Rubioideae, see Gruber et al. (2008) and Koehlbach et al. (2013).
Petiole anatomy is variable, and although the vascular bundles may be more or less arcuate in taxa with 1:1 nodes, in taxa with both 1:1 and 3:3 nodes they may also be annular, with or without wing bundles and with or without inverted vascular plates (Martínez-Cabrera et al. 2009; esp. Sana & Maiti 2012; Saha et al. 2014). Little is known about details of features like veinlet presence and venation density, although there may be some phylogenetic signal here (Pacheco-Trejo et al. 2009).
In some taxa the calyx begins to develop after the corolla, but this is only when the calyx lobes are much reduced; the calyx tube always develops later (de Block & Vrijdaghs 2013). Floral - especially corolla - development has been carefully analysed in Spermacoceae, where the corolla may be fenestrate; corolla tubes are variously produced from an annular intercalary meristem (a stamen-corolla tube), an intercalary meristem in a different position produces a corolla tube sensu stricto, or corolla lobes may fuse postgenitally, and all in all it is difficult to distinguish between early and late corolla tube development (Vrijdaghs et al. 2015). In a subsequent study that focused on Rubieae very much the same set of variables was found to produce the corolla tubes there (Vrijdaghs et al. 2020). Harwood and Dessein (2005) noted that palynological variation in Spermacoceae was extreme, almost as much as that in the rest of the family combined. Prominent onci are scattered in the family, including in Spermacoceae (see also Romero et al. 2017). Taxa like the sister genera Gaertnera (Malcomber 2002) and Pagamea (Vincentini 2016) have secondarily superior ovaries (Igersheim et al. 1994). Ronse Decraene and Smets (2000) discussed floral development in the family, emphasizing variation in the relative development of a stamen-corolla tube with a common meristem and a corolla tube s.s.; in some taxa, filaments fuse postgenitally with the corolla tube. A few Rubiaceae like Theligonum and Dialypetalanthus have more than twice the number of stamens as perianth/sepals/petals (e.g. Endress 2003a; see also euasterids); Wunderlich (1971) noted that the stamens of Theligonum were in groups of 2-6, and suggested that each group represented a separate male flower. Taxa with connate anthers are discussed by Puff et al. (1995). Variation in pollen morphology is particular extensive in Spermacoceae (e.g. Dessein 2003; Dessein et al. 2002, 2005b), while nearly all Rubieae have 5-13 zonocolpate pollen grains (e.g. Huysmans et al. 2003, q.v. for other distinctive features of the grains), but not Kelloggia, sister to the rest of the tribe.
Details of the origin of the ovary septum vary, whether from the carpel walls and/or the placental column (Figueiredo et al. 2017). Variation in ovule morphology and development is considerable (e.g. Maheshwari 1950; de Toni & Mariath 2008, 2010; Figueiredo et al. 2013a, b, 2017 and references), and in Galieae and Spermacoceae, for example, the integument is adnate to the nucellus, while in taxa like Houstonia the ovule consists of an embryo sac that develops inside an ellipsoid structure with practically no other structures visible - no integuments, etc. (Andronova 1077). However, much of the work is heavily typological and the ovule "types" (for which see e.g. Fagerlind 1937; Andronova 1977; Galati 1991), which can include details of placenta, origin of septae, etc., need to be decomposed into the individual variables. The integument is ca 15 cells across in Petitiocodon (Octotropideae), and Didymosalpinx, also in that tribe, is apparently the only member of the family to have a multilayered testa (Tosh et al. 2008). There is confusing discussion on the presence of arils/strophioles/second integuments in Rubiaceae, see e.g. Wunderlich (1971) and von Teichman et al. (1982). These structures have been described as coming from placental tissue, and/or being well developed very early on, and/or being more or less absent in the mature seed - at least sometimes they would seem to be rather massive obturators, and are so described above. Fagerlind (1936a) found that Putoria had a remarkable multicellular archesporium in which several embryo sacs developed, elongating greatly and growing up the long micropyle. In Rubieae in particular understanding is confused by the anticlinally-elongated nucellar cells (not embryo sacs!), although here the megaspore may end up in the micropyle (Mariath & Cocucci 1997; see also Andronova 1977, 1988 and references); some Spermacoceae also have an odd nucellus (Mariath & Cocucci 1997). The ovules are sometimes more or less beaked at the chalazal end, and this is associated with the subsequent development of a winged seed, the beak representing the start of the development of the wing (Buchner & Puff 1993). There is considerable variation in the pattern of thickening of the exotestal cells which is generally best developed on the inner periclinal walls; as might be expected, an exotesta is more poorly developed in taxa with drupaceous fruits (Robbrecht & Puff 1986).
For additional general information on Rubiaceae, see Verdcourt (1958), Bremekamp (1966), Robbrecht (1988, 1993), Robbrecht et al. (1996), Delprete (2004) and T. Chen et al. (2011: Chinese taxa), also Bremekamp (1957: Henriquezieae), Puff and Mantell (1982: Putorieae), Ridsdale (1978a, b: Naucleeae; 1979: Jackieae), Puff et al. (1984: Alberteae), Rogers (1984, 2005: Henriquezieae), Tirvengadum (1984: Glionettia), B. Bremer (1987: Hamelieae - Argostemmateae sister!), Puff and Robbrecht (1989: Knoxieae), Buchner and Puff (1993: Danaideae), Deb and Rout (1993: Pubistylus), Igersheim (1993b: Strumpfieae), Igersheim and Robbrecht (1993: Prismatomerideae), Igersheim and Rohrhofer (1993: Spermacoceae), Puff and Rohrhofer 1993: Scyphiphoreae), Robbrecht et al. (1993a: Octotropideae, 1993b: Bertiereae), Igersheim and Rohrhofer (1993: Otiophora), Delprete (1996: Chiococceae, Condamineae), Tange (1998b: Cyanoneuron), Dessein (2003: Spermacoceae s.l.), Delprete and Cortés-B. (2004: Sipaneeae), Razafimandimbison and Bremer (2006: Hymenodictyeae), Sridith (2007: Argostemma), Kästner & Ehrendorfer (2016: European taxa), Persson and Delprete (2017: Gardenieae), Wong et al. (2018: Vanguerieae) and Löfstrand et al. (2019: Coussareeae).
For chemistry, see Martins and Nunez (2015: comprehensive), Berger (2012: Psychotria and relatives), Schinnerl et al. (2012) and Kornpointer et al. (2010: alkaloids and iridoids, esp. in Palicourea) and Rasoarivelo et al. (2018: Anthospermum), for alkaloids, see Aniszewski (2007) and Berger et al. (2012), for Al and Si accumulation, see Jansen et al. (2002a, 2003a), and for toxic monofluoracetates, see Lee et al. (2012). Accorsi (1949: epidermis and stomata), Koek-Noorman and Hogeweg (1974), Jansen et al. (1996: Gaertnereae, 2001b: Rubioideae, 2002c: a complete bibliography), Martínez-Cabrera et al. (2010) and León H. (2013) and Martínez-Cabrera et al. 2015), all deal with wood anatomy, Gamalei et al. (2008: phloem), Lersten and Horner (2011: calcium oxalate crystals in Naucleeae), Romero et al. (2019: leaf, esp. Cephalanthus) and Krause (1909: colleters) all discuss aspects of anatomy. See also Rutishauser (1984: stipules), Weberling (1977: inflorescences), Martínez-Cabrera et al. (2013: Hamelieae, etc., floral morphology), Galati (1991: Spermacoceae, floral anatomy, sporogenesis), Puff et al. (1993a: pollen, fruits in Mussaenda et al., 1993b: Schradereae), Puff and Buchner (1998: Schradereae), Huysmans et al. (1997: Cinchonioideae), Vinckier et al. (2000: the old Ixoroideae) and Verstraete et al. (2011), all orbicules, Johansson (1993: Psychotria), Pire (1996: Borreria), Huysmans et al. (1998b: Isertieae, 1999: Chiococceae, 2003: N.W. European taxa), D'Hondt et al. (2004), Verellen et al. (2007), Kuang et al. (2008: Naucleeae) and X. Guo et al. (2020: parallel evolution of pantocolpate grains), all pollen, Puff (1993), number of pollen grain nuclei, Rakotonasolo and Davis (2006), some odd placentation types, Lloyd (1899, 1902, 1906 and references), Fagerlind (1936b), Periasamy and Parameswaran (1965), Tan and Rao (1988), all embryology, Fagerlind (1937: embryology and much else), and Takhtajan (2013: esp. seeds).
Phylogeny. B. Bremer (2009) summarized phylogenetic work on the family (see also Bremer 1996b). The basic phylogenetic structure is [Rubioideae [[Luculia [Acranthera + Coptasapelta]] [Cinchonoideae + Dialypetalanthoideae]] (see B. Bremer 1995, 1999; Rova et al. 2002; Robbrecht & Manen 2006; Rydin et al. 2009a; etc.). The clade of Luculia and Coptosapelta - and now Acranthera - seems moderately well supported. However, Bremer and Eriksson (2009) suggested that the three might not form a single clade, and while they do form a clade in Manns et al. (2012), it is sister to Rubioideae, while Wikström et al. (2015: no Acranthera) found Luculia and Coptasapelta successively sister to that subfamily. In L.-L. Yang et al. (2016) the basal phylogenetic structure in the family was [[Acranthera + Coptasapelta] [Rubioideae [Luculia [Cinchonoideae + Dialypetalanthoideae]]]], or some other variation on the theme, although support was very weak, while in Z.-D. Chen et al. (2016) relationships were [[[Rubioideae [Acranthera + Coptasapelta]] Luculia] [Cinchonoideae + Dialypetalanthoideae]], but with weak support at the base of the Rubioideae side of the tree. Refulio-Rodriguez and Olmstead (2014) found moderate support for the placement of Luculia as sister to the other four Rubiaceae they examined (these included representatives of all three subfamilies). See also Razafimandimbison et al. (2019) for relationships - they move depending on the analysis.
Luculia and Coptasapelta are not close morphologically. As Robbrecht and Manen (2006) emphasized, the two differ in having, as in Coptosapelta (or not - Luculia), raphides, accumulating (or not) aluminium, having T-shaped hairs (not), pororate, acolumellate (tricolporate) pollen grains, and distyly (secondary pollen presentation) (Verellen et al. 2004; for pollen presentation, see Puff et al. 1996). Although Acranthera may be sister to Coptasapelta (see also Bremer & Eriksson 2009), these two also have little morphologically in common (Rydin et al. 2009a), Acranthera in particular having a remarkable androecium/stigma-style complex (Puff et al. 1995). Thus assigning polarity to many features in the family is rather tricky.
But there is more. Recent work using mitochondrial genes and single representatives of the great majority of hitherto recognized tribes suggests relationships differing in some important aspects from those previously often suggested, in particular, part of Cinchonoideae, including Cinchoneae, migrate into Ixoroideae (= Dialypetalanthoideae), and with strong support (Rydin et al. 2017). In addition, there is support for the previously unplaced Coptosapelta being sister to the combined [Cinchonoideae, Dialypetalanthoideae] clade (the relationships of Luculia are still unclear - ?sister to Rubioideae), the next clade is represented by a grade in e.g. Antonelli et al. (2009), there is an unexpected association of [Airospermeae + Jackieae] which is placed in the old Ixoroideae part of the tree, and within Rubioideae [Colletoecemateae + Urophylleae] are sister to all other Rubioideae, and there are other rearrangements (Rydin et al. 2017). Since tribes were represented by single species, what happens in more detailed analyses - and when using nuclear genes - are very important open questions.
Rubioideae. Ophiorrhiza has the atpB promoter region that is lacking in other Rubioideae examined by Manen and Natali (1996; see also Natali et al. 1996) and so it was thought to be sister to the rest of the subfamily. However, Rydin et al. (2009a) found that the monotypic African Colletoecema (Colletoecemateae) was sister to the whole of Rubioideae, and with strong support (see also Piesschart et al. 2000: near basal, actual position uncertain; Sonké et al. 2008; L.-L. Yang et al. 2016); does it have an atpB promoter region? Colletoecema linked with Seychellea, a fugitive from the Psychotria area, in the recent analsys of Razafimandimbison et al. (2019). Sonké et al. (2008) and Rydin et al. (2009a) also found that Ophiorrhiza was close to Urophylleae, the latter mainly because of support from ITS, not chloroplast genes, while the former placed Neurocalyx (now in Ophiorrhizeae itself) in this area, and Lasiantheae and Coussareeae were also close. Relationships are similar in Razafimandimbison et al. (2019), and although Temnopteryx was sister to the Opiorrhizeae examined, in other analyes it was sister to remaining Rubioideae, if with little support (see also Piesschaert et al. 2000; Sonké et al. 2008). Rydin et al. (2008) discussed the placement of some other small and little-known genera of Rubioideae (see also Razafimandimbison & Rydin 2019; they considerably affect our understanding of the evolution and diversification of the clade. See also Rydin et al. (2017) for relationships within Rubioideae, including a reevaluation of the position of Colletoecema, and for further general information, see Andersson and Rova (1999), B. Bremer and Manen (2000: phylogeny and classification), Backlund et al. (2007), Wikström et al. (2015: note basal clades); the Spermacoceae alliance (e.g. L.-L. Yang et al. 2016) includes about nine tribes.
Elsewhere in the subfamily, Cantley et al. (2016) worked out relationships within Coprosma (Anthospermeae); earlier infrageneric groupings (see Heads 1996 and references) were not supported and C. moorei and C. talbrockei, which had caused problems for earlier workers, were placed well outside the genus. Within Anthospermeae, the Cape genus Carpacoce is sister to the rest of the tribe (see also Thureborn et al. 2019). Nuclear and plastid data tend to be in conflict, but not at deeper nodes (Thureborn et al. 2019). Argostemmateae: Ginter et al. (2015) discussed relationships around Argostemma. Coussareeae have recently been examined by Löfstrand et al. (2019), and although the three main clades that they found could be characterised (see above), the tribe as a whole could not; many relationships were quite well supported, but the classical infrageneric taxa of Faramea and Declieuxia were not supported. For relationships in Knoxieae, see Kårehed and Bremer (2007). Xiao and Zhu (2007) and Smedmark et al. (2015) examined relationships within the pantropical Lasiantheae. Morinda (Morindeae), with its distinctive capitate inflorescences and compound fruits, is in fact polyphyletic (Razafimandimbison et al. 2009b, 2012). Ophiorhizeae: Razafimandimbison and Rydin (2019) discuss the circumscription of and relationships within this tribe, basal relationships being [Neurocalyx [Xanthophytum [Ophiorrhiza ...]]]. The relationships and limits of Psychotria and its relatives pose problems. The Psychotria and Palicourea complexes are sister taxa. Psychotrieae are largely divided into Old and New World clades. A Malesian-Pacific clade of Psychotria includes perhaps five "genera" of morphologically distinctive myrmecophytes whose recognition makes Psychotria paraphyletic, as does the recognition of genera like Amaracarpus (Nepokroeff et al. 1999; Andersson 2002: the optimisation of marginal preformed germination slits on the pyrenes is questionable; Razafimandimbison et al. 2008, 2014). Within the myrmecophytes, relationships are [Squamellaria [Anthorrhiza [Hydnophytum + Myrmecodia]]], the penultimate group very paraphyletic and including Myrmephytum (e.g. Chomicki & Renner 2020). Palicoureeae include some erstwhile species of Psychotria (Taylor 2017 and references; Taylor et al. 2017); Cephaëlis groups with Palicourea. Barrabé et al. (2012) focussed on relationships of a clade of Palicoureae, the Malesian-Pacific-American Margaritopsis. Both morphology and molecular data strongly support the monophyly of Rubieae (Rogers 2005 for literature). There is now considerable phylogenetic resolution within the tribe, and the basal relationships are likely to be [Kelloggia [[Rubia + Didymaea] [the rest]]] (e.g. Nie et al. 2005; Ehrendorfer et al. 2018). Relationships between a number of strongly-supported (both bootstrap and posterior probabilities) major clades are themselves well supported (Soza & Olmstead 2010a, 2010b: New World Galium; Ehrendorfer et al. 2018: the whole tribe; see also Manen & Natali 1995; Manen et al. 1994; Natali et al. 1996). De Toni and Mariath (2011) thought that flowers and fruits suggested that Galium and Relbunium were sister taxa and both worthy of generic status. However, Soza and Olmstead (2010b) noted that the fleshy fruits of Relbunium were distinctive (but not unique) in Galium, and the Relbunium group was embedded in a larger South American clade that is firmly part of Galium (see also Ehrendorfer et al. 2018). Asperula, within which Sherardia is nested, is also part of this problem (Gargiulo et al. 2015), while L.-E Yang et al. (2015, see also 2018) looked at relationships within Rubia — Didymaea, they thought, was its sister clade, and the South African R. horrida was sister to a large eastern Asian clade (see also Deng et al. 2017). Much the same general relationships were recovered by L.-E. Yang et al. (2018), who in a comprehensive analysis of Galium noted that most classical sections were not monophyletic. Relationships within the 1000+ species of Spermacoceae are difficult to disentangle. Kårehed et al. (2008) investigated the phylogeny here, and they suggested that Hedyotis was to be restricted to Asian taxa. Wikström et al. (2013) is another important step forwards, and for further studies in Spermacoceae, see e.g. Groeninckx et al. (2009a, esp. 2009b: [Pentodon + Dentella] sister to the rest of the tribe), Rydin et al. (2009b), Guo et al. (2013: Asian taxa), Salas et al. (2015: Brazil), Neupane et al. (2015: whole Asia/Pacific area) and Florentín et al. (2017: Galianthe). Gibbons (2020) examined Australian taxa placed here, and found that all the native Oldenlandia were to be excluded from the genus, and a clade [Dentella + Pentodon], with 5-merous flowers, may be sister to one of the two main clades that make up the tribe as a whole. Relationships between major clades in Urophylleae are clarified by Smedmark (2008) and Smedmark and Bremer (2011: species-level relationships uncertain).
Cinchonoideae. For phylogenetic relationhips within the old Cinchonoideae, see Andreasen and Bremer (1996), Rydin et al. (2009), and especially Manns et al. (2012) and Manns and Bremer (2010); the latter recognise nine tribes within the subfamily, all of which are strongly supported as being monophyletic, however, some of the relationships between groups of tribes are as yet poorly resolved (Manns & Bremer 2010; see also Paudyal et al. 2104; Rydin et al. 2017). [Naucleeae + Hymenodictyeae] are a well supported clade sister to the only moderately (jacknife) supported remainder of Cinchonoideae (Andersson & Antonelli 2005: Luculia and Coptasapelta excepted; L.-L. Yang et al. 2016). See also Razafimandimbison & Bremer (2001, 2002), Razafimandimbison et al. 2004, Wikström et al. 2010, and especially Löfstrand et al. (2014) for Naucleeae and Hymenodictyeae. Generic and tribal limits are diffficult around Rondeletieae and Guettardeae (Rova et al. 2009; Manns & Bremer 2010; Torres-Montúfar et al. 2020: immediate outgroups seem to be all over the phylogenetic map). L.-L. Yang et al. (2016) discuss relationships in Chinese members of Cinchonoideae s. str.. and Manns et al. (2012). Ixoroideae (= Dialypetalanthoideae). The six-plastid gene study of Kainulainen et al. (2013: Dialypetalanthus not included) provided substantial support for relationships through the old Ixoroideae, although those in the "basal" Dialypetalantheae-Mussaendeae area remained somewhat unclear. However, few deep relationships in the subfamily had strong support - nor did the subfamily itself - in the study by L.-L. Yang et al. (2016), which focussed on its Chinese representatives. Relationships within the old Gardenieae are becoming clarified, and Pavetteae, Gardenieae, and two small tribes may form a clade, although without bootstrap support (Mouly et al. 2014: chloroplast data). Sipanea and Posoqueria form a basal clade (Razafimandimbison et al. 2011; Mouly et al. 2014); Cortés-B. and Motley (2015) discussed relationships around Henriquezia, Sipanea and Posoqueria, perhaps [Sipaneeae [Henriquezieae + Posoquerieae]], although Gleasonia (Henriquezieae) tended to wander, and how the extensive variation in flower and fruit in particular might relate to living on the nutrient-poor soils of the Guayana region is unclear.
As already mentioned the findings by Rydin et al. (2017) add further uncertainties about what we think we know about tribal relationships. However, Ly et al. (2020) looked at plastomes of 28 species (23 genera) from members of Ixoroideae s. str. and recovered most of the tribes for which they had more than one species as monophyletic, the only exception being Sherbournieae, the two representatives of which (Sherbournia and Mitriostigma) were associated with a [Pavetteae + Gardenieae] clade, but were not close to being sister taxa. Overall the relationships were [Mussaeneae, Condaminieae [Coffeeae [Gardenieae + Pavetteae]]]. Interestingly, these relationships were only partly recovered (although Sherbounieae were still polyphyletic) in a semi-parallel analysis of the nuclear genomes (Ly et al. 2020).
Tribes in the Cinchonoideae s.l., i.e. Cinchonoideae s. str and Dialypetalanthoideae combined, are treated alphabetically here. Kainulainen et al. (2009) discuss relationships in Alberteae. Chiococceae have included Strumpfia in the past, perhaps sister to the rest, but it lacks their spiny pollen (Manns & Bremer 2010) - see also below. For phylogenies, see Motley et al. (2005) and Paudyal et al. (2018: support along much of the spine rather weak). For the circumscription of Coffeeae, see A. Davis et al. (2007), Maurin et al. (2007) and Arriola et al. (2018: Asian taxa). Coffea is to include Psilanthus (Maurin et al. 2007; see also Nowak et al. 2012; Hamon et al. 2017). However, the relationships between these genera are turning out to be complex, and Charr et al. (2020) found that chloroplast data supported the synonymyzation of the two genera, while extensive nuclear data suggested that the two could be kept separate. Tosh et al. (2009) have adjusted the limits of the African Tricalysia (see also Tosh 2009). Dialypetalantheae (was Condamineeae) as circumscribed by Kainulainen et al. (2010) are very heterogeneous and include Mastixiodendron, the morphologically even more distinctive Dialypetalanthus (see also Feng et al. 2000), several genera with calycophylls, etc.. The Madagascan Melanoxerus (Gardenieae) links with African taxa in plastid and ribosomal analyses, but with neotropical taxa in nuclear gene analyses (Kainulainen & Bremer 2014). Guetttardeae. Torres-Montúfar et al. (2020) examined relationships here. Guettarda itself is polyphyletic (Achille et al. 2006; Manns & Bremer 2010), while sister to other Guettardeae and with strong support is Rogeira (Manns & Bremer 2010). Stranczinger et al. (2014) offer some preliminary suggestions about relationships in Hamelieae; generic limits can be tacked when sampling is improved. Ixora s. str. (Ixoreae) is paraphyletic (Mouly et al. 2009a, b, see also Andreasen & Bremer 2000; Tosh et al. 2013: Afro-Madagascan species). Mussaendeae have received quite a bit of attention (e.g. Alejandro et al. 2005; Duan et al. 2018). In Naucleeae, Cephalanthus is sister to the rest (Löfstrand et al. 2014 and references). Tosh et al. (2008: Didymosalpinx sister to the rest) and Alejandro et al. (2011) looked at relationships within Octotropideae. There are four main clades within Pavetteae, and Tarenna in particular is polyphyletic, Lepactina paraphyletic (de Block et al 2015, 2018: Afro-Madagascan clade). Cortés-B. et al. (2009) looked at Retiniphylleae. Within Rondeletieae there is a fair bit of well-supported structure, although Rondeletia is polyphyletic (Manns & Bremer 2010). Torres-Montúfar et al. (2017a, 2020) also looked at relationships here, although extensive sampling in the large genus Rondeletia is still needed before clade limits can be understood. For relationships in Sabiceeae, see Khan et al. (2008) and in particular Zemagho et al. (2016). Because of pollen morphology and many other reasons Strumpfia, sister to Chiococceae, has been placed in the monogeneric Strumpfieae (Paudyal et al. 2014). For relationships within Vanguerieae, see Lantz and Bremer (2005) and references, Razafimandimbison et al. (2009) and Wikström et al. (2010). Razafimandimbison et al. (2011) found that at the base of the clade encompassing the ca 1100 species of Vanguerieae there were successively four monogeneric clades (three in Kainulainen et al. 2013, Glionettia unplaced). See Razafimandimbison et al. (2009a) for the phylogeny of dioecious Vanguerieae.
Apart from the myrmecophytic Psychotrieae, two genera are particularly odd morphologically:
Classification. Robbrecht and Manen (2006) and B. Bremer (2009) should be consulted for a detailed discussion on taxon limits, formal classification, and the like. B. Bremer and Manen (2000) outline a tribal classification for Rubioideae and Manns and Bremer (2010) one for Cinchonoideae, both assigning nearly all genera to those tribes, at least provisionally (see also Paudyal et al. 2014). There is a tribal classification of Dialypetalanthoideae (as Ixoroideae) in Kainulainen et al. (2013) where genera in 21 of the 24 tribes are enumerated; one genus (Glionettia) is unplaced. See Govaerts et al. (2013) for a World Checklist of Rubiaceae. I had just (12.x.2017) begun putting in a tribal classification of Rubiaceae, but reading Rydin et al. (2017) a week later suggested that this might be premature, certainly as to subfamilial limits and relationships between some of the tribes. It seems prudent to recognize only two subfamilies; relationships between the tribes above largely follow those in Rydin et al. (2017).
Bremer (2009) noted that of the ca 611 genera in the family, 1/3 were monotypic, but others are very large and are turning out to be para- or polyphyletic. Not surprisingly, generic limits are problematic in a number of places, indeed, if preserving the names of these small genera seems desirable, then wholesale dismemberment of larger genera and ever more small genera will be the logical if unfortunate result. Within Rubieae, the circumscriptions of both Asperula and Galium are currently difficult (Soza & Olmstead 2010a). In Galium in particular, fruit morphology is a poor indicator of sectional relationships (Soza & Olmstead 2010b; see also Abdel Khalik et al. 2009; Deng et al. 2017). Ehrendorfer et al. (2014) sketched out a possible taxonomic solution for Galium that allowed paraphyly of genera (see also Kästner & Ehrendorfer 2016: pp. 56-58). Ehrendorfer et al. (2018) later realized that paraphyly was not really an option, and suggested that to recognize monophyletic genera around here, in addition to various segregate genera that had been recognized at times in the past, some 10 new genera would be needed - "moderate spltting" (ibid.: p. 17). The recent recognition of a monotypic Pseudogalium sister to the rest of Galium s.l. seems quite unnecessary (c.f. L.-E Yang et al. 2018) but would be in line with this approach. Also in Galium s.l., del Guacchio and Caputo (2020) have recently described three genera based on sections of Asperula since their phylogenetic position was "deemed stable" - what the future might hold in terms of logical consequences of this is unclear (and one genus seems to be a later homonym...). However, here a broad circumscription for Galium is adopted, largely following the phylogeny in Sosa and Olmstead (2010a) and Ehrendorfer et al. (2018). Spermacoceae are very difficult with both considerable lumping and considerable splitting having occurred in the past. Oldenlandia appears to be wildly polyphyletic, and Spermacoce very paraphyletic (Kårehed et al. 2008; Wikström et al. 2013), and new genera are being described in the context of local phylogenetic analyses (Groeninckx et al. 2010a, b). Thus X. Guo et al. (2013) described three new genera from the Asian part of the Spermacoce complex, but another 10-17 names (several do already exist) will then be needed to describe just this part of the tree. Neupane et al. (2015) summarize generic relationships in the general Hedyotis-Oldenlandia area, while Gibbons (2020) described new genera based on Australiam species of Oldenlandia, that genus not being native on the continent. For generic limits in Urophylleae, see Smedmark and Bremer (2011: nine of Bremekamp's small genera still unsampled). Thureborn et al. (2019) rework subtribal limits in Anthospermeae, some generic adjustments will have to be made (e.g. Nenax = Anthospermum?). Generic limits around the polyphyletic Morinda have been adjusted (Razafimandimbison et al. 2009). A Pacific-Malesian clade of Psychotria also includes myrmecophytes like Myrmecodia and Hydnophytum as well as genera like Amaracarpus (Andersson 2002); Andersson (2002) seemed inclined to split the clade, while e.g. Nepokroeff et al. (1999) and particularly Razafimandimbison et al. (2014) would include them in Psychotria s.l., the latter formally synonymizing the genera (see synonymy), although many combinations still have to be made. The nomenclatural changes needed as relationships in and between Palicoureeae and Psychotrieae are clarified are currently under way (Taylor 2017 and references; Taylor et al. 2017).
Within Cinchonoideae, the limits of Ixora have been clarified (Mouly et al. 2009a, b). Pavetteae in Madagascar are diverse, de Block et al. (2018) justifying the description of four small new genera from there, but more changes are to come, especially in Tarenna. Generic and tribal limits are diffficult around Rondeletieae and Guettardeae (Rova et al. 2009; Manns & Bremer 2010), and both Rondeletia and Guettarda are polyphyletic (Achille et al. 2006; Manns & Bremer 2010). Within Coffeeae, Coffea is to include Psilanthus (Maurin et al. 2007). Chiococceae have been somewhat dissected (Paudyal et al. 2018), although there is considerable diversity in corolla, fruit, etc. in the tribe (see also Delprete 1996; Motley et al. 2005). There is an infrageneric classification of Sabicea in Zemagho et al. (2016).
Previous Relationships. Rizzini and Occhioni (1949) were sure Dialypetalanthaceae were in Myrtales, while Cronquist (1981) placed them adjacent to Pittosporaceae in his Rosales, but Theligonaceae were at least placed in Rubiales. Both families were kept separate by Takhtajan (1997) and were included in his Rubiales.
Thanks. I am grateful to Elmar Robbrecht for help with the synonymy and to Charlotte Taylor for many useful comments.
[[Gelsemiaceae + Gentianaceae] [Loganiaceae] + Apocynaceae]]: route I secoiridoids +; internal phloem + [intraxylary phloem/bicollateral vascular bundles]; C tube formation late; syncarpy postgenital; testa with anticlinal walls thickened.
Age. Bell et al. (2010) give an age of (69-)61, 57(-47) Ma and Magallón et al. (2015) around 60 Ma for this clade, but see relationships within it; (93-)73(-49) Ma are the ages in Wikström et al. (2015).
[Loganiaceae + Gelsemiaceae]: quercetin, kaempferol +; C imbricate; endosperm horny [starchy/hemicellulosic].
Age. (87-)64(-39) Ma are the ages for this clade in Wikström et al. (2015), ca 52.3 Ma in Tank et al. (2015: Table S2), and (67.5-)41.8(-18.3) Ma in Tank and Olmstead (pers. comm.).
LOGANIACEAE Martius, nom. cons. - Back to Gentianales
Tryptophane-derived alkaloids +; nodes also 3:3 (and split laterals); stomata?; lamina vernation ± flat, (sheathing stipule +); flowers 4- or 5-merous; K basally connate or not, C valvate, often hairy at the mouth; tapetum (amoeboid); pollen grains tricellular [?all], with lateral extensions at the endocolpus; nectary 0/poorly developed/ gynoecial; G collateral, (-5), often partly inferior and partly apocarpous (congenitally syncarpous), placentae peltate, (stylar fusion postgenital), style branches +/0, stigma capitate/long-clavate/2-lobed/punctate; ovules (1-)many/carpel, epitropous [?always], integument 4-6 cells across; fruit a follicle, loculicidal and/or septicidal capsule, drupe or berry;; exotestal cells papillate or hairy, ± thick-walled and lignified except outer wall; x = 11 (?10), nuclear genome [1C] (0.05-)0.976(-19.221) pg; seedings epigeal and phanerocotylar.
13 [list]/420. Pantropical, esp. Australia and New Caledonia. Map: from Leenhouts (1962), van Steenis and van Balgooy (1966) and Leeuwenberg (1969). [Photo - Flower, Fruit]
1. Antonieae Pohl
included phloem +, rays uniseriate, homocellular; secoiridoids 0; flowers (monosymmetric; A 1, abaxial - Usteria); fruit a capsule; n = 11.
4/14: Bonyunia (10). Tropical: South America, West Africa, West Malesia.
Age. The clade [Spig. + Strych.] is some (70.8-)44.7(-18.3) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.).
Synonymy: Antoniaceae Hutchinson, Gardneriaceae Perleb
2. Spigelieae Dumortier
(Annual) herbs (shrubs); secoiridoids 0; lamina venation palmate; endosperm ruminate; fruit circumscissile, etc; n = 8, 10, 13.
1/ca 75 (Spigelia). Southern U.S.A. to northern South America.
Synonymy: Spigeliaceae Berchtold & J. Presl
3. Strychneae Dumortier
Lianes with branch tendrils, (included phloem +); Leaves often pseudoverticillate, lamina venation palmate; tapetal cells polyploid [Strychnos]; pollen lacking lateral extensions at the endocolpus; fruit a berry or drupe (seed winged - Neubergia); n = 11-12.
3/220: Strychnos (200). Circumtropical.
Synonymy: Strychnaceae Perleb
4. Loganieae Endlicher
(Annual) herbs (aquatics) to shrubs; flowers (4-merous); (median K abaxial - Logania), C contorted/quincuncial; styles separate; capsule septicidal; (seeds embedded in fleshy placenta - Geniostoma); n = 19, 20.
8/150: Mitrasacme (55), Geniostoma (40). Mascaraene Islands, South East Asia to Malesia, especially the Antipodes, Pacific islands, inc. Hawaii.
Synonymy: Geniostomataceae L. Struwe & V. Albert
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. The wood of Strychnos has included phloem (van Veenendaal & den Outer 1993). The plant has branch tendrils, although they may be described as being modified leaves ().
Colporate pollen without lateral extensions at the endocolpus is reported to be a character restricted (in this group) to Strychnos and its immediate relatives. The ovules of Mitrasacme have an endothelium and the endosperm is "intermediate" in development, while Mitreola oldenlandioides has straight ovules and cellular endosperm (Reddy et al. 1999).
For information, see Leeuwenberg (1980) and Struwe et al. (2018), both general, Hakki (1998: Usteria), Aniszewski (2007: alkaloids), Keller (1996: "stipules"), Hasselberg (1937: nodes and stipules), and Dahlgren (1922), Bendre (1975) and Maheswari Devi and Lakshminarayana (1960: ?Strychnos with an endothelium), all embryology.
Phylogeny. L.-L. Yang et al. (2016) found the relationships [Antonieae [Spigelieae embedded in Strychneae + Loganieae]], with quite good support. For relationships in Loganieae, see Gibbons et al. (2012); generic limits will have to be adjusted.
Classification. Four tribes are recognized above, but this is clearly unsatisfacory...
Previous Relationships. Classically, Loganiaceae have seemed to show relationships with many sympetalous groups, and Bentham (1856) compared Loganiaceae, then notably more broadly delimited than now, to a less-wooded area from which obvious forests representing more distinctive families such as Rubiaceae, Solanaceae, etc., had been removed. Loganiaceae in this sense (e.g. Leeuwenberg 1980) had ca 22 genera and 310 species. Of these genera, Buddleja s.l., Androya, Peltanthera, Sanango, Plocospermum, Nuxia and Retzia, and Polypremum, are now in seven or so separate clades in Lamiales, Scrophulariaceae (Buddleja s.l. and Androya, not immediately related), Peltantheraceae (near Gesneriaceae), Gesneriaceae themselves, Plocospermataceae, Stilbaceae (Nuxia and Retzia) and Tetrachondraceae respectively, while Desfontainia (Columelliaceae) is in Bruniales, a campanulid (for references, see those families), so it is not surprising that Loganiaceae seemed to be such a "central" family. Chemical variation within Loganiaceae s.l. strongly supports its break-up (e.g. Jensen 1999). However, Loganiaceae are morphologically quite heterogeneous even in their much more restricted circumscription.
GELSEMIACEAE L. Struwe & V. Albert - Back to Gentianales
Pollen surface ± reticulate; ?testa; x = 10 (?9).
3 [list]/11. ± Pantropical (map: from Leeuwenberg 1961; van Steenis & van Balgooy 1966; Sobral & Rossi 2003).
Age. Crown-group Gelsemiaceae are (61.7-)36.8(-13.9) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.).
1. Gelsemieae G. Don
Shrubs or vines/lianes; camptothecin-type alkaloids +; true tracheids +; stomata?; leaf (margins serrate), (stipules 2, interpetiolar/short sheathing); (flowers single); flowers heterostylous; A latrorse (extrorse - Gelsemium); pollen pores with distinct lateral extensions [?level]; nectary +, ?position; placentae fleshy [Gelsemium], style twice branched, stigma punctate; fruit a loculicidal and/or septicidal capsule, (muricate), K usu persistent; seeds winged or flattened, srface hairy/rugose/smooth; n = 8, 10.
2/10. ± Pantropical (map: from Leeuwenberg 1961; van Steenis & van Balgooy 1966; Sobral & Rossi 2003). [Photo - Gelsemium Collection © M. Dirr, Flower (Pin), Flower (Thrum).]
2. Pteleocarpa Oliver
Tree; ?nodes; stomata anomocytic; leaves spiral; flowers not heterostylous; C ?quincuncial; pollen grains small, 20.3-22.5 uµ long; ?nectary; G stipitate, styles largely separate, stigma subcapitate; ovules 2/carpel; fruit a 1-seeded samara; n = ?
1/1: Pteleocarpa lamponga. Southern Peninsula Thailand, West Malesia, not the Philippines.
Synonymy: Pteleocarpaceae Brummitt
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. For the phylogeny and biogeography of the family (Pteleocarpa not included), see Jiao and Li (2007).
Pollination Biology & Seed Dispersal. Considerable work has been caried out on the nectar of Gelsemium, containing as it does alkaloids, to work out its effects on (potentially) pollinating bees, both adults and larvae, and what effect it might have on selfing, etc. (Irwin & Adler 2008 and references). Almost the whole plant of Pteleocarpa may turn yellow when it is in flower. How nectar is secreted there is unclear (Struwe et al. 2014).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. Pteleocarpa has mainly apotracheal parenchyma in uniseriate bands that do not often span the rays, solitary vessels, vestured pits, fibre tracheids with bordered pits, etc. (Gottwald 1982).
For general information, see Struwe (2018), and on Pteleocarpa, see Struwe et al. (2014) and Rueangsawang and Chantahanothai (2014).
Phylogeny. The association of Pteleocarpa with this clade is strongly supported. Refulio-Rodriguez and Olmstead (2014) suggested that it was sister to the two other genera, Struwe et al. (2014) did not place it.
Classification. Although Pteleocarpa is a morphologically distinct genus - Brummitt (2007, 2011) recognized it as a separate family - it is best included in Gelsemiaceae (see Struwe et al. 2014).
Previous Relationships. Pteleocarpa has been included in Boraginaceae-Ehretioideae, as by Takhtajan (1997), among other places; the other genera are ex-Loganiaceae.
[Gentianaceae + Apocynaceae]: monoterpene indole alkaloids; (interxylary phloem); C contorted; postgenitally fusing carpels flat; testa multiplicative, exotestal cells with thickenings on their anticlinal walls.
Age. The age of this clade is around 62 Ma (Naumann et al. 2013), ca 52.1 Ma (Magallón et al. 2015), (86-)62(-39) Ma (Wikström et al. 2015) or ca 48.1 Ma (Tank et al. 2015: Table S2).
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. Gentianaceae and Apocynaceae are the only families in which postgenitally fusing carpels are flat, not plicate (Kissling et al. 2009b). Bouman and Schrier (1979) noted that exotestal cells with thickenings on their anticlinal walls are common around here; Gelsemiaceae and Loganiaceae were not mentioned.
GENTIANACEAE Jussieu, nom. cons. - Back to Gentianales
Indole alkaloids 0; starch 0, oligosaccharides +, tannins 0; root hairs 0 [perennial species], exodermis with l0ng and short cells; (vessel elements with scalariform perforation plates), rays often 0; cork position?; medullary bundles/isolated phloem strands +; parenchyma septate; mucilage cells + (0); plant glabrous, glands 0; (stomata anisocytic); leaves sessile, usu. connate basally, lamina vernation variable, secondary veins ± palmate/plinerved (pinnate); flowers 4-5-merous, K 1-trace [?all]. K and C traces dividing into three, "disc-like" structure between K and C, C right-contorted [dextrorse], marcescent, (tube formation intermediate), petal epidermal cells elongated and flat; A basally connate, (extrorse), (placentoids +); tapetum (amoeboid), cells uninucleate; G ?orientation, placentation parietal, stigma broadly 2-lobed (capitate), wet; funicle with at best poorly developed vascular tissue, (outer epidermal cells of integument early on massive), hypostase +; (antipodal cells diploid to polyploid), (multiplying, persistent); fruit a septicidal capsule, calyx often prominent; seeds small; exotestal cells (± elongated), inner walls variously thickened (not), other layers ± disappear; x = 10 (9), nuclear genome [1C] (0.115-)1.56(-21.092); platsome 100 bp deletion in trnL gene.
102 [list, to tribes]/1,750 - 7 tribes below. World-wide, but especially temperate, about half the genera in South America (map: from Gillett 1963; Hultén 1958, 1971; van Steenis & van Balgooy 1966; Klackenberg 1985; Ho & Liu 2001; Struwe & Albert 2004; Kissling 2012). [Photo - Flower, Flower.]
Age. The crown age of the family may be some 50 Ma (Y.-M. Yuan et al. 2003), (78.2-)59.5(-40) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.), or (78.6-)66.2, 57.8(-47.3) Ma (Merckx et al. 2013c); there are suggestions of an age as great as (125-)just under 100(-75) Ma (Kissling in Struwe 2014).
Although fossils with pollen like that of Macrocarpaea are reported from the Eocene ca 45 Ma, their identity is questionable (Stockey & Manchester 1985; Struwe et al. 2002).
1. Saccifolieae Struwe, Thiv, V. A. Albert & J. Kadereit
Herbs (mycoheterotrophic, associated with glomeromycotes) (annual) to subshrubs; ?chemistry; (stomata anisocytic); (colleters +); cauline and foliar extrafloral nectaries +; (leaves spiral); flowers (heterostylous), (4-)5(-6)-merous; base of style persistent in fruit; (dust seeds +); (endosperm cellular - Voyriella), (cotyledons 0); n = 10-14.
5/20: Tapeinostemon (10). Mexico, Central and tropical South America.
Synonymy: Saccifoliaceae Maguire & Pires
[Exaceae [Voyrieae [Chironieae [Potalieae [Helieae + Gentianeae]]]]]: ?
Age. This node was dated to some (57.4-)49.1, 48.6(-40.1)Ma by Merckx et al. (2013c).
2. Exaceae Colla
Herbs (mycoheterotrophic, associated with glomeromycotes), (annual), to shrubs; (flowers monosymmetric/enantiostylous - Exacum, Orphium, oblique monosymmetry - Exacum); (median petal adaxial); K connate or not, usu. prominently keeled, C (imbricate - Exacum), epidermal cells rounded and convex; anther (porose), with glands and/or prolonged connective (0), (endothecium 0 - Exacum); ovary ± bilocular, (?oblique - Exacum), (placentae 4, pendulous), (style with collateral secondary stigmas towards base [= diplostigmaty] - Sebaea); (ovule straight), (endothelium + - Exacum); (dust seeds +), exotestal cells with sinuous anticlinal walls or not; x = 7, n = 9, 11, 15, etc.
8/169: Exacum (69), Sebaea (60). Africa, esp. Madagascar, Indo-Malesia, and to Australia and New Zealand (some Sebaea).
Age. The crown-group age of Exaceae may be some 40 Ma (Y.-M. Yuan et al. 2003).
[Voyrieae [Chironieae [Potalieae [Helieae + Gentianeae]]]]: placentation parietal, (placentae bilobed).
Age. The age of this node was estimated at (65.2-)54.0, 46.8(-40.1) Ma (Merckx et al. 2013c).
3. Voyrieae Gilg
Mycoheterotrophic herbs, associated with glomeromycotes, (epiphytic); ?chemistry; axis may lack nodes but bear roots and shoots; roots and shoots both exogenous/both endogenous; roots up to 15 mm across, runner-like to star-shaped; shoots root-borne, (stelar vascular bundles separate); stomata anomocytic/0; (leaves not connate basally), colleters +/0; flowers (4-)5(-7)-merous; K connate, C (with simple hairs); A (extrorse), thecae (initially) connate or not, (with ± long (hairy) basal tails), (filaments ± 0); pollen variously clumped, grains (asymmetric), 1-2(-6)-porate, exine smooth to scabrate, orbicules 0; nectaries ["basal glands"] paired (stipitate)/0; placentae strongly bilobed, stigma expanded, usu. undivided, rotate/capitate/infundibular; ovules straight, no integument/anatropous, one integument, endothelium +, nucellar cap +; (embryo sac with inverted polarity - sect. Leiphaimos); C marcescent or not; seeds rather tubby to filiform, dust-like, embedded in the swollen placenta or not; exotesta +; endosperm cellular or initially nuclear, present to almost absent, embryo undifferentiated; n = 16-20.
1/18. S. Florida, the Antilles, tropical America, Voyria primuloides in W. Africa (map: from Maas & Ruyters 1986; Raynal-Roques 1967).
[Chironieae [Potalieae [Helieae + Gentianeae]]]: O-glycosylxanthones, L-(+)-bornesitol +; (interxylary phloem +).
4. Chironieae Endlicher
Herbs (mycoheterotrophic, associated with glomeromycotes) (annual) to shrubs; distinctive 6-substituted xanthones; (glandular hairs +); extrafloral nectaries complex, aggregated; flowers (2-)4-5(-12)-merous, monosymmetric by androecium or not; K connate; anthers and style branches coiling; (pollen in tetrads); nectary usu. 0; n = 10, 13-15, 17, etc.
26/160: Centaurium (20), Sabatia (20). Tropics and N. temperate.
Synonymy: Chironiaceae Berchtold & J. Presl, Coutoubeaceae Martynov
[Potalieae [Helieae + Gentianeae]]: ?
Age. This node is about 64-37.7 Ma (Favre et al. 2016, q.v. for other estimates).
5. Potalieae Reichenbach
Herbs, annual to perennial, (vines/lianas +), (large trees), (prickly); C-glucoflavones +; rays uni(bi - multi)-seriate [Potaliinae]; nodes 5 or more:5 or more; epidermal and cortical sclereids + [?all]; leaves (with ± serrulate margins), (massive sheathing stipule-like structure); flowers 3-16(-24)-merous; K basally connate; (anthers versatile), (filaments basally connate); pollen often porate; nectary 0/(base of ovary); syncarpy congenital [?all], stigma often capitate; (fruit a berry); n = ?
20/163: Fagraea (50), Lisianthus (30). Pantropical.
Age. Crown-group Potalieae are 40.3-33.7 Ma (Favre et al. 2016).
Synonymy: Potaliaceae Martius
[Helieae + Gentianeae]: ?
Age. This node has been dated to 60.7-32.2 Ma, older than other estimates (Favre et al. 2016).
6. Helieae Gilg
Herbs (shrubs); vessels often in multiples; extrafloral nectaries +, simple; (inter/intrapetiolar sheaths, stipules +); flowers (4-)5(-6)-merous, (monosymmetric by androecial arrangement); K lobes with abaxial glandular areas; C in bud pointed (rounded); (corona at adaxial base of A); anthers (coiling), connective projecting apically; pollen in tetrads/polyads/(monads), (triporate), elaborate exine projections/spines/globules; G with basal glandular areas, style often long, stigmas bilamellate, twisted and flattened when dry; (C persistent in fruit); exotestal cells dome-like+/concave, thickenings ± reticulate/band-like; n = ?
23/218: Macrocarpaea (110), Symbolanthus (30). Tropical Central and South America, Caribbean.
Age. Crown-group Helieae are 30-13.3 Ma, quite similar to other estimates (Favre et al. 2016).
7. Gentianeae Colla
Annual to perennial herbs, (plant partly mycoheterotrophic, coralloid roots +, root hairs 0); distinctive xanthones, C-glucoflavones +, (fructans/inulin +); nodes (1:3/3 or more:3 or more); lamina (± serrulate); K (0 - Obolaria); C (with fringe of hairs, vascularized or not/scales), (folds between C lobes), (tube development early-late intermediate - Gentiana), (nectaries on C, one or two, naked or variously enclosed - Swertia et al./in C spurs - Halenia); tapetal cellls uni-(bi)nucleate; pollen striate (echinate); (nectaries at the base of G - Gentianinae); G stipitate, style often short or 0, (hollow); (ovules straight, hemitropous, etc.), integument 2-20 cells across; (antipodal cells multinucleate [Halenia]/polyploid [Swertia]); seeds larger; embryo small; n = >5, very variable.
18/975: Gentiana (360), Gentianella (250: polyphyletic), Swertia (168: ?polyphyletic), Halenia (80). North temperate, esp. eastern Asia, to New Guinea (some Tripterospermum) and Africa and Madagascar (some Swertia).
Age. Crown-group Gentianeae are 52.8-29.7 Ma, somewhat older than other estimates (Favre et al. 2016).
Synonymy: Obolariaceae Martynov
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. Merckx et al. (2013c) and Matuszak et al. (2015) give other dates, etc., for the family.
Since Voyria primuloides, the only African species of the otherwise neotropical genus, diverged from the rest of the genus somewhere between 28-12 Ma, LDD across the Atlantic is probably responsible for its disjunction (Merckx et al. 2013c). Von Hagen and Kadereit (2001) suggested that Gentianella moved into South America from the north and diversified considerably in the Andean region; there are ca 170 species in South America, of which ca 48 are restricted to the páramo (Sklenár et al. 2011), versus 42 in the whole of the northern hemisphere. From the Andes it moved on to New Zealand by long distance dispersal. There was an increase in diversification of Halenia only after it moved into Central and South America within the last 1 Ma, not when it first acquired corolla spurs; there were three separate colonizations of South America. The genus may originally have been from Central or East Asia, and its stem group age is ca 11.8 Ma (von Hagen & Kadereit 2003). The wide distribution of Exacum was also probably attained by dispersal (Y.-M. Yuan et al. 2005). For diversification and "key innovations" in the small (south)east Asian and largely alpine clade of subtropical taxa sister to the speciose Gentiana, see Matuszak et al. (2016), while Favre et al. (2016) suggested that Gentiana itself has been on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau region for the last ca 34 Ma, whence it dispersed to montane regions in much of the rest of the world, indeed, the Qinghai-Tibet plateau region has been very important for the evolution of Gentianeae as a whole.
Ecology & Physiology. Mycoheterotrophic taxa have evolved in the three basal clades in the family (Bidartondo et al. 2002; Merckx et al. 2013c). Both autotrophic and mycoheterotrophic species are found in genera like Exochaenium and Exacum; some species of Exochaenium may even be parasites (Kissling 2012). Voyria in Panamanian forests is sensitive to the amount of phosphorus in the soil, disappearing when it increased above 2 mg P kg-1 (Sheldrake et al. 2017) - possibly common in mycoheterotrophic plants associated with glomeromycotes. For mycoheterotrophism in general, see Hynson et al. (2013).
Root hairs are generally absent in Voyria, but, they are present in V. primuloides. They are also found in V. aphylla where its roots abut those of other plants and also litter, Fungal penetration occurs in the former situation, while the roots of these other plants are described as being decomposed at the point of fungal attachment, although apparently only locally, and carbon exchange may occur via the fungi (Imhoff 1999a), so perhaps indirect parasitism occurs?
Pollination Biology. Swertia and other Gentianeae sometimes have fimbriate appendages and nectaries on the petals. Halenia has flowers with five nectar spurs, uncommon in angiosperms (von Hagen & Kadereit 2003). Most species of Sebaea s. str. (Exaceae) have a pair of collateral secondary stigmas at the base of the style (Kissling et al. 2009b; Kissling & Barrett 2013), apparently unique in the angiosperms; these remain functional after the terminal stigma become non-functional and they apparently allow self-fertilization to occur. There is buzz pollination in Exacum (Russell et al. 2015; Amorim et al. 2019).
Pollination of the mycoheterotrophic Voyria is mostly by bees. The pollen is often clumped, the clumps being held together by the tubes of pollen grains that have already germinated and/or by secretions from the anthers; the anthers are borne close together around the style or stigma (Hentrich 2008; Hentrich et al. 2010a).
Plant-Animal Interactions. Tachia guianensis (Helieae) may be associated with a variety (ca 37 spp!) of ants which live in the stems and protect the plant against termite attack and the depradations of leaf-cutting ants. These 37 species of ants were almost entirely different fropm those on three sopecies of specialized myrmecophytes in the same area, and these three species had ants that were largely different from each other (Dejean et al. 2017, 2018).
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. Paris-type endomycorrhizae involving Glomeromycota are common in Gentianaceae, including the fully mycoheterotrophic members (Imhoff 1999, 2009; Imhoff et al. 2013; Franke et al. 2006). The Glomus involved in mycoheterotrophic relationships in Voyria and Voyriella are quite closely related and also to the Glomus in other mycoheterotrophic vascular plants (Winther & Friedman 2008), and fungal specificity has been reported to be high (Bidartondo et al. 2002; Sýkorová 2014 and references). However, these fungi were unlike those on their nearest non-mycoheterotrophic relatives (Perez-Lamarque et al. 2019/2020: other Gentianaceae not in the comparison) Genera like Bartonia and Obolaria (not immediately related) do have chlorophyll although their leaves are reduced and the species are partially mycoheterotrophic (Cameron & Bolin 2010) In less vegetatively reduced gentians, at least, the presence of fungi is not needed for germination (Sýkorová 2014), but the situation in these plants is unclear. For other details of these associations, see Imhof et al. (2013).
Genes & Genomes. A genome duplication, the EXAFα event, some 29.6 Ma, may be associated with the node [Exaceae [Voyrieae + the rest] (Landis et al. 2018), however, the ages of the duplication and those along the spine/tribes of Gentianaceae do not match.
Z. Li et al. (2020) found that the plastome of the mycoheterotroph Cotylanthera (= Exacum) paucisquama was small and highly degraded, only 21 of the normal ca 113 genes being present, and the inverted repeat had considerably expanded.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. Gentianaceae often taste bitter because of the iridoids they contain, while Exacum may be foetid. Flavone-O-glycosides are known from two species of Exacum, alone in the family. The wood of Helieae shows paedomorphic characteristics (Carlquist & Grant 2005). 1:3 nodes are scattered through the family, e.g. Exacum, Gentiana and Sabatia, while in Frasera and Swertia at least there is extensive variation in nodal anatomy within an individual, leaves produced at different times in the season having different nodal morphologies (Post 1958). Although Gentianaceae are not supposed to have stipules, Potaliinae in particular, and especially Fagraea, have inter/intrapetiolar sheaths and auriculate structures at the nodes; for the diversity of stipule-like structures in Macrocarpaea (Helieae), see Grant and Weaver (2003). There are different kinds of extrafloral nectaries in the family, both on the leaf and stem, and the survey begun by Dalvi et al. (2013) could usefully be extended.
Corolla tube formation for some taxa has been described as being late-early (Erbar & Leins 1996b). Exacum has an imbricate corolla (and calyx), and the flower is monosymmetric because of the orientation of the androecium and style and curvature of the pedicel (Ronse de Craene 2010). There are sometimes two almost stamen-like appendages on either side of the ovary of Voyria, perhaps modified nectaries, indeed, I have not done justice to the variation in nectaries in the family; as Pringle (2014: p. 6) noted, "the flowers of most species produce nectar". In one major clade of Sebaea secondary stigmas develop towards the base of the style; this is associated with the postgenital fusion of flat carpels (Kissling et al. 2009b). Gentiana has ovules over almost the entire inner surface of the loculus.
Cotylanthera (= Exacum) has straight, ategmic ovules, as have some Voyria. The polarity of the embryo sac in such cases is reported to have been inverted 180o, the egg cell being near the chalaza (Bouman et al. 2002; see also Suessenguth 1927). However, it is perhaps as likely that the ovule is anatropous, but the ovules are so highly reduced that few landmarks are left to be able to tell the orientation. The funicles may also lack vascular tissue (Bouman et al. 2002). From illustrations in Johow (1895) there appear to be two parietal cells in Voyria, and although he emphasized that the embryo sac developed from the uppermost (micropylar) megaspore, he illustrated the lowermost cell in that role. An endothelium has been reported from Gentianaceae (Kapil & Tiwari 1978), however, as Shamrov (1996) describes this, it consists of one or two layers of cells of the integument that are elongated periclinally, not more or less anticlinally enlarged, as is common. The multiplicative integument of Orphium frutescens is about 6 cells across at anthesis (Hakki 1999), indeed, the considerable variation in integument thickness in the family needs to be put into a phylogenetic context. The embryos of some of the mycoheterotrophic taxa have very reduced cotyledons.
For additional information about Gentianaceae, see Wood and Weaver (1982), Ho and Liu (2001: Gentiana, 2015: Swertia, etc.), Struwe and Albert (2002), Struwe et al. (2002), Pringle (2014), Struwe (2014), Struwe and Pringle (2018) and the Gentian Research Network, all general, for chemistry, see Jensen and Schripsema (2002), Kshirsagar et al. (2019: Swertia), for anatomy, see Dalvi (2014: Saccifolieae), for orbicules, see Vinckier and Smets (2000a), for pollen, see Nilsson (2002), Nilsson et al. (2002), Chassot and von Hagen (2008: Swertia) and de Sousa et al. (2018: Helieae), for the gynoecium, see Shamrov and Gevorkyan (2010b), for general embryology, see Maheswari Devi (1963) and Hakki (1997), and for ovule development, etc., see Stolt (1921: integument thickness varies within Gentiana, postament +), Shamrov (1996), Bouman and Schrier (1979), Vijayaraghavan and Padmanaban (1968), Akhalkatsi and Wagner (1997), Xue et al. (2007) and Li et al. (2015).
For more information on the morphology, etc., of mycoheterotrophic taxa, see Oehler (1927) and Merckx et al. (2013a); for information on Voyria in particular, see Merckx et al. (2013a), general, Imhof et al. (2013: roots, mycorrhizae), Waterman et al. (2013: pollination), Johow (1885, 1889: anatomy, seed, etc.), Maas and Ruyters (1986), Bouman and Devente (1986), and Bouman and Louis (1990), seeds, and Franke 2002 (V. flavescens).
We need more basic anatomical, chemical and developmental information about Saccifolieae, Exaceae and Voyrieae in particular if the evolution of Gentianaceae is to be understood.
Phylogeny. Relationships between some of the tribes are still not well supported (Molina & Struwe 2009; Merckx et al. 2013c; Struwe 2014), in particular, the position of Voyria remains somewhat uncertain - it may have diverged before Exaceae, not after it, as suggested above. Indeed, although there is evidence from pollen, etc., that Voyria is not particularly similar to the mycoheterotrophic Voyriella, etc., its immediate relationships are unclear, although it does have bicollateral vascular bundles like many other Gentianales in this part of the tree. [Saccifolieae [Exaceae [Chironieae [Gentianeae + Helieae + Potalieae]]]] is probably the best way to summarize other relationships in the family (e.g. Struwe 2014; L.-L. Yang et al. 2016; see also Lam et al. 2018). Z.-D. Chen et al. (2016) do not recover quite the same basal relationships in Chinese Gentianaceae, but the vast majority of species they examined are Gentianeae.
For the phylogeny of Exaceae, see Y.-M. Yuan et al. (2003) and Kissling et al. (2009a: Sebaea s.l. is paraphyletic), however, within Sebaea s. str., there are two major clades; in the one that has secondary stigmas, S. pusilla, sister to the rest of the clade, lacks these stigmas (Kissling et al. 2009b). Voyrieae: Albert and Struwe (1997) provide a morphological phylogenetic analysis of Voyria - much useful information. Chironieae-Chironiinae: Mansion and Struwe (2004) and Mansion (2014) have clarified relationshipshere, and many of the relationships are moderately to well supported. For relationships in Helieae, morphologically variable and all members Neotropical, see Struwe et al. (2009) and especially Calió et al. (2016). Potalieae: Relationships within Fagraea have recently been clarified, and the variation in tree architecture there makes more sense (Wong & Sugumaran 2012). Within Gentianeae, Gentianella seems to be polyphyletic (von Hagen & Kadereit 2001), while Swertia, too, may be polyphyletic (Chassot et al. 2001; Kadereit & von Hagen 2003), indeed, relationships in the general Swertia/Halenia area are poorly understood (H.-C. Xi et al. 2014). Relationships within Gentianineae are being clarified, with the recently-described Metagentiana probably being polyphyletic (Chen et al. 2005b; Favre et al. 2010, 2014; Matuszak et al. 2016). See Ho et al. (1996) for a morphological phylogenetic analysis of Gentiana.
Classification. For an infra-familial classification of Gentianaceae, see Struwe et al. (2002) and especially Struwe (2014), also the Gentian Research Network.
For discussion over generic limits in Helieae, very problematic for a long time, see Calió et al. (2016). Kissling et al. (2009a) and Kissling (2010) have divided the polyphyletic Sebaea into three genera. Ho and Liu (2015: p. 21) suggested that "all infrageneric categories [of Swertia] ... might be created as independent genera if they were shown to be monophyletic units", but it is unclear why this might be be necessary; demonstration of monophyly, whether or not associated with morphological distinctions, does not entail a particular course of nomenclatural action. There are suggestions that the monophyletic Fagraea should be dismembered (Wong 2012 and references) and members of a small clade of subtropical gentians sister to Gentiana s. str. have been placed in five genera (Favre et al. 2014). Such actions seem a little excessive.
Previous Relationships. Anthocleista, Fagraea and Potalia used to be in Loganiaceae (Struwe & Albert 2000), but details of their iridoid chemistry are very gentianaceous and they are well embedded in the family (e.g. Backlund et al. 2000). Emblingia has been placed here (Savolainen et al. 2000a), but a position in Brassicales in its own family (q.v.) is justified on both molecular and morphological grounds.
APOCYNACEAE Jussieu, nom. cons. - hierarchy below below very much under construction - - Back to Gentianales
Tryptophane-derived, steroidal indole alkaloids [pseudalkaloids, pregnane skeleton], route II decarboxylated iridoids +, (tanniniferous); pericyclic fibres 0 [always?]; vessel (elements with scalariform perforation plates), single or in radial groups, rays with multiseriate part no wider than uniseriate part; tracheids in ground tissue; laticifers +, articulated, latex white; (petioles also with adaxial bundles); stomata usu. paracytic (anomocytic, actinocytic); lamina vernation usu. flat or conduplicate; K quincuncial, colleters alternisepalous and/or basal-adaxial/0, C sinistrorse-contorted [left-handed], postgenital connation forming the upper tube [above the insertion of the A], corona + [opposite A]; anthers ± connivent, entirely fertile, filaments shorter than anthers; pollen transported in foam; pollen surface usu. smooth, ± perforate, intine in interapertural areas 3-layered, (in apertural areas thin), (tetrads +, acalymmate); nectary +, frpm base of G [some rauwolfioids], 2-5 separate/± fused/disc-like; G apocarpous, (collateral), styluli short, apices alone postgenitally syncarpous, style head swollen, not differentiated [receptive, also epidermis secretory, pollen often stuck to style head by secretions, also stuck to pollinator], wet or dry; ovules (hemitropous), integument 6-9 cells across, obturator + [?all]; exotestal cells with all walls thickened, (flattened mesotestal crystalliferous cells); (chalazal endosperm haustorium +); x = 11, nucleus with protein crystalloids, genome [1C] (0.074-)0.788(-8.439) pg; also sporophytic incompatibility system present.
400 [list - tribal classification]/4,555 (5,100) - 5 subfamilies and ca 25 tribes below; of the subfamilies, the first two are wildly paraphyletic. Largely tropical to warm temperate (map: from Hultén 1968; see also maps below). [Photo - Flower, Fruit.]
N.B. There is considerable variation in the morphology and distribution of colleters on the plant, but little of this is mentioned below. Similarly, I refer to a corona that varies considerably in morphology and is associated with the corolla, and there is also a corona associated with the gynostegium. Similarly, mention is made of nectaries, and this refers to nectaries that are 2-5 separate lobes, some kind of annular structure, whether free from or adnate to the gynoecium, or structures pretty much indistinguishable on the gynoecium, but nectar is secreted; mention is made when the nectary is associated with filaments or is somewhere on the gynostegium.
Age. Rapini et al. (2007) thought that crown-group Apocynaceae were ca 54 Ma, but Bell et al. (2010) suggested an age of only ca 21 Ma - ca 85.6 Ma is the estimate in Fishbein et al. (2018).
1. "Rauvolfioideae" Kosteletzky / rauvolfioid grade ("Carissoideae" Endlicher) - see the next 11 tribes, 1A-1K.
1A. Aspidospermateae Miers
Trees or shrubs, (root buds +); indole alkaloids +; leaves spiral (opposite); calycine colleters 0; C (right-contorted, dextrorse), postgenital connation behind A incomplete; anthers lacking appendages; (nectary 0); style head bifid, (with basal collar - Haplophyton); fruit a drupe, berry or follicle; one (two) carpel developing; seeds winged/not/(with micropylar and chalazal coma - Haplophyton); n (= 10).
6/83: Aspidosperma (64). Extreme southwest, southeast U.S.A. to Argentina, the Antilles.
Age. The crown-group age is estimated to be ca 49.6 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Alstonieae [[Pycnobotrya [Vinceae [Willughbeieae + Tabernaemontaneae]]] [Melodineae, Hunterieae, Amsonieae, Alyxieae, Diplorhynchus [Plumerieae [Carisseae + APSA clade]]]]]: apical appendages of stigmatic head not secretory.
Age. The age for this node is (82.8-)63.2(-45) Ma (Tank & Olmstead pers. comm.) or ca 79 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1B. Alstonieae G. Don
Trees or shrubs; alsostrine alkaloids +; leaves usu. (-9-)whorled; (calycine colleters + - Dyera); C (right-contorted); anthers (with apical and basal appendages - Dyera); style (head with basal collar - Alstonia); fruit a follicle; seeds with hairs around the margins/winged; much polyploidy (n = 10).
2/47: Alstonia (45). Africa, Southeast Asia, Malesia to Australia, the Pacific.
Age. The crown-group Alstonieae are estimated to be ca 61.5 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[[Pycnobotrya [Vinceae [Willughbeieae + Tabernaemontaneae]]] [Melodineae, Hunterieae, Amsonieae, Alyxieae, Diplorhynchus [Plumerieae [Carisseae + APSA clade]]]]: uniseriate rays common.
[[Pycnobotrya [Vinceae [Willughbeieae + Tabernaemontaneae]]]: ?
Liana; ?K colleters; anthers with basal and elongate apical appendages; ?stylar head; ovules 4/carpel; seeds winged; n = ?
1/1: Pycnobotrya nitida. Tropical Africa.
[Vinceae [Willughbeieae + Tabernaemontaneae]]: style +.
1C. Vinceae D. Don.
Trees, shrubs (lianes, herbs); K (colleters on margins); C (right contorted), corona inconspicuous; anthers (with apical appendage); pollen (asymmetrical), pore position variable; style filiform, stylar head differentiated, unlobed, integument 7-10 cells across [Rauvolfia]; seed with apical wreath of hairs, basal collar +; fruit a drupe/moniliform with several drupelets/follicle, often only 1G developing; seeds usu 1-4(-6)/carpel, (warty, hairy or winged); (endosperm 0 - Kopsia); n 8-10 (23).
9/153: Rauvolfia (60), Ochrosia (40). Pantropical, esp. Old Word (temperate - Vinca).
Age. The crown-group age of Vinceae is estimated to be ca 69.7 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Synonymy: Ophioxylaceae Martius, Vincaceae Vest
[Willughbeieae + Tabernaemontaneae]: G  [could be placed here]; fruit (a berry).
Age. The age of this node is ca 70.5 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1D. Willughbeieae A. de Candolle
Large lianes with tendrillate axillary/terminal branches/inflorescences, (trees, or shrubs (rhizomatous)); (calycine colleters +); anther appendages ?0; (nectary 0); G  [et seq., = fusion congenital], placentation axile to parietal, style usu. filiform, head usu. undifferentiated; fruit a berry, placentae usu. fleshy; (seed 1); cotyledons usu. cordate.
18/130: Landolphia (60), Lacmellea (23). Pantropical.
Age. The crown-group age of this clade is estimated to be ca 25.2 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Synonymy: Pacouriaceae Martynov, Willughbieaceae J. Agardh
1E. Tabernaemontaneae G. Don
Shrubs or trees (lianes); leaves (anisophyllous), petioles usu. basally connate, (forming an ocrea); calycine colleters in several rows; A connective apex triangular to deltoid, anthers sagittate, with lignified lateral-basal appendages [= guide rails], basal part enlarged, sterile; G (), placentation axile to parietal, or G 2, style filiform to thick, stylar head upper crest five-lobed, basal flange thickened (uniformly receptive, tip bilobed); fruit a follicle - Tabernaemontaninae/berry/berrylet, (K persistent); seed arillate, ± ruminate, with deep hilar groove/embedded in pulp.
15/162: Tabernaemontana (122). Central to South America, Amazonia (Ambelaniinae) and pantropical, to Australia (Tabernaemontaninae).
Age. Crown-group Tabernaemontaneae are estimated to be ca 42.3 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Melodineae, Hunterieae, Amsonieae, Alyxieae, Diplorhynchus [Plumerieae [Carisseae + APSA clade]]]: ?
Age. The age of this node is around 72.3 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1F. Melodineae G. Don
Lianes or trees (shrubs); (calycine colleters +); corolline corona +/0, (postgenital connation behind A incomplete); pollen (in tetrads); G , placentation axile, or apocarpous, style slender (short), style head undifferentiated; fruit a berry, placentae pulpy/follicle; seeds winged or not; n also 10.
3/28: Melodinus (25). Palaeotropics.
Age. The crown-group age is estimated to be ca 55.4 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1G. Hunterieae Miers
Shrub or small trees (lianas); calycine colleters +/-; G 2-5, style long, head with long, slender, non-receptive apices/(0); fruit berrylets/(follicles); seeds embedded in pulp/(winged); n also 10.
4/20: Hunteria (12). Africa, 1 sp. Sri Lanka to southeast Asia
Age. Crown-group Hunterieae are around 42 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Amsonieae, Alyxieae]: calycine colleters 0 (see Fishbein et al. 2018).
Age. This node is ca 70.5 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1H. Amsonieae M. E. Endress
Small shrubs to perennial herbs; leaves spiral; K colleters 0; ?style, head with basal collar, apical wreath of hairs; fruit a follicle; seeds not flattened or winged; n also 8, 16.
1/18. Southern U.S.A. 1 sp. Japan, 1 sp. Europe.
Age. The crown-group age of Amsonieae is estimated to be ca 9.7 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1I. Alyxieae G. Don
Shrubs, trees or lianes; indole alkaloids 0, coumarins +; (leaves spiral); corona 0-rudimentary; pollen grains (2-)3(-5)-porate, triangular (barrel-/irregularly-shaped), ectoapertures with thickened margins, (inaperturate, in tetrads - Condylocarpon); G also [3-5], style slender, head undifferentiated; fruit berry/drupe/moniliform with several drupelets/follicle; seed (with corky aril)/deep hilar groove/(winged at both ends); (± ruminate); n = 9.
7/132: Alyxia (106). Madagascar, India, southeast Asia to the Pacific basin, Condylocarpon Central America, northern Brazil and Guyana.
Age. Crown-group age Alyxieae are ca 56.2 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Distinctive pollen of the Alyxia type is known from Palaeocene sediments ca Ma from Borneo (Muller 1981).
Diplorhynchus Ficalho & Hiern
Shrub or small tree; ?colleters; anthers with apical and basal appendages; G ±, placentation parietal, ?style, ?head; ovules 4/carpel; seed winged at one end.
1/1: Diplorhynchus condylocarpon. Tropical and southern Africa.
[Plumerieae [Carisseae + APSA clade]]: indole alkaloids 0; style long.
Age. This node is ca 69.5 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1J. Plumerieae E. Meyer
Shrubs, trees (lianes); iridoids, cardenolides [cardiac glycosides] +; leaves spiral (opposite), lamina revolute [Thevetia]; calycine colleters 0/+; corona (0); anther apex sterile, long-filiform (plumed), connective broad; nectary (0);(G ()/(postgenitally connate)/(semi-inferior), (placentation parietal), style (stout), head with enlarged free apices, (apical wreath + - Allamanda), basal collar/lobes/(0); 2-many ovules/carpel; fruit a drupe/samara/follicle; seeds winged/not; n = 9, 10, 16.
10/55: Allamanda (14). Central and tropical South America, the Caribbean, Madagascar to Japan, Australia (Queensland) and Pitcairn I., New Caledonia (Cerberiopsis).
Age. Crown group Plumerieae are ca 59.6 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Synonymy: Cerberaceae Martynov, Plumeriaceae Horaninow
[Carisseae + APSA clade]: ?
Age. This node is ca 65 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
1K. Carisseae Dumortier
Shrubs to trees; (cardenolides [cardiac glycosides] +); (branched thorns +); calycine colleters usu. 0; (C right-contorted), corona 0; G , placentation usu. axile, style head undifferentiated; ovules usu 1-5/carpel; fruit a berry, placentae ± indurated.
2/ca 12: Carissa (7-20). Old World tropics.
Age. Crown-group Carisseae are ca 31 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Synonymy: Carissaceae Bertolini
APSA clade [Apocynoideae, Periplocoideae, Secamonoideae, Asclepiadoideae] / [Wrightieae [Nerieae [Malouetieae [[Periplocoideae [Echiteae/Odontadenieae, Mesechiteae] [[Rhabdadenieae + Apocyneae] [Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]]]]]]: iridoids 0, (cardenolides [cardiac glycosides] +); anthers sagittate, with lignified lateral-basal appendages [= guide rails], basal part enlarged, sterile, firmly adnate [postgenitally] to style head by trichomes on connective [= gynostegium], adhesive used in pollen transport secreted between anthers [foam, etc.]; pollen porate; stylar head differentiated both radially and vertically, two small apical appendages, below secretory and non-secretory zones alternating [see adnation of anthers], receptive basally; fruit a follicle; endosperm thin.
Age. The crown-group APSA clade is ca 57.4 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
"Apocynoideae" Burnett / Apocynoid grade - this includes the next nine tribes, but not Periplocoideae
Wrightieae G. Don
Shrubs, trees or lianes; deoxyhypusine synthase/homospermidine synthase duplication, cardenolides, (pyrrolizidine alkaloids +); latex often translucent; C left- or right-contorted; corona +, (opposite)/alternate C/(0); A attached to style head by sterile basal part; nectray 0/adnate to G, indistinct; style head with apical wreath of hairs, basal collar; (G with postgenital fusion); chalazal coma +; n also 10.
3/30: Wrightia (25). Old World tropics.
Age. Crown-group Wrightieae are ca 6.4 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Nerieae [Malouetieae [[Periplocoideae [Echiteae/Odontadenieae, Mesechiteae]] [[Rhabdadenieae + Apocyneae] [Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]]]]]: C right-contorted [dextrorse]; exine infratectum granulate [?all]; micropylar coma +.
Age. This node is ca 54.6 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
(Succulent) shrubs or trees, (lianas); pyrrolizidine alkaloids [Alafia], iridoids, cardenolides +; (cork cambium deep-seated - Rhazya); (leaves spiral); (corona +); anthers with long apical appendage, (weakly) attached to style head by connective; (nectary 0); G (with postgenital fusion), style head with (poorly developed) apical wreath, basal collar; coma also chalazal, deciduous (0); n also 10.
6/70: Strophanthus (38), Alafia (23). Africa (most) and Europe to Japan and Malesia.
Age. The age of crown-group Nerieae is ca 43 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Malouetieae [[Periplocoideae [Echiteae/Odontadenieae, Mesechiteae]] [[Rhabdadenieae + Apocyneae] [Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]]]]: nectaries 5, (basally connate), surrounding base of ovary; seeds laterally compressed.
Age. This node is ca 54.2 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Malouetieae Müller Argovensis
Shrubs to trees (stem succulent, with trifid spines), (lianes/perennial herbs); steroidal alkaloids, pyrrolizidine alkaloids +; corona usu. 0; pollen (1-polypantoporate); (anther bases weakly attached to style head), (guide rails poorly developed); (nectary 0); style usu. apical wreath 0, basal collar 0, stigmatic zone below adnation of anthers; (coma also chalazal, deciduous/0); n also 9.
13/91: Malouetia (27), Pachypodium (21). Palaeotropics, to the western Pacific, also Cuba, Bahamas, northwest South America.
Age. The crown-group age of this clade is ca 49.2 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[[Periplocoideae [Echiteae/Odontadenieae, Mesechiteae]] [[Rhabdadenieae + Apocyneae] [Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]]]: plant vine/liane; few wide vessels and several narrow vessels in clusters; vasicentric tracheids +; fibres [not tracheids] in ground tissue.
[Periplocoideae [Echiteae/Odontadenieae + Mesechiteae]]: ?
3. Periplocoideae Endlicher
Herbs, shrubs (small trees), lianes or slender climbers, (roots tuberous); cardenolides; cork endodermal (not Cryptolepis)); flowers to 10 mm long (to ca 9 cm -Cryptostegia); colleters in sinuses of K; C (valvate/imbricate), corona usu +; A-C tube very short; anthers triangular, ± connate laterally, lignified guide rails 0, , adnate to style head by cellular fusion, staminal feet running down C tube and forming ring above the ovary; nectar secreted on margins of/between staminal feet [alternistaminal]; tapetal cells uni(bi)nucleate; pollen in T-shaped/rhomboidal tetrads, ectexine forming a common covering [calymmate], inner and outer walls differentiated [check], grains (4-)6(-16) porate; pollinaris ± horizontal; (pollinia +, 2/loculus, wall 0); pollen collected on spoon-like structure [= translator, from secretions in groove between anthers], basal sticky disc [= viscidium]; stylar head with narrow often bifid apex, stigmatic zones 5; exotestal cells unthickened [Periploca]; seeds (winged), (coma around entire margin of seed); embryo chlorophyll?
33/180: Raphionacme (35), Pentopetia (23). Old World: Canary Islands, southern Europe to India, China and Australia, but esp. Africa-Madagascar (map: Good 1952).
Age. The crown-group age of Periplocoideae is estimated to be (40-)31.5(-23.4) Ma (Joubert et al. 2016) or ca 14.9 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Synonymy: Periplocaceae Schlechter, nom. cons.
[Echiteae/Odontadenieae + Mesechiteae] / New World clade: ?
Echiteae Bartling/Odontadenieae Miers
Woody lianes (small trees; perennial herbs); (pyrrolizidine alkaloids - E), (cardenolides - O); latex often translucent; colleter 1, at base of K; C (valvate), corona +/0; (filaments spirally twisted - some Parsonsia); (theca base adnate to style head); (post-genital syncarpoy), style head (apical wreath)/(equatorial flange)/(basal collar); n also = 6-10, 12.
23/235: Parsonsia (120), Prestonia (58). New World, tropical, southeast and southwest USA, also New Caledonia (two genera) to Australasia and South East Asia (Parsonsia).
Perennial herbs, vines/lianes to subshrubs, with xylopodium, perennial herbs; cardenolides +; corona usu. 0; stigmatic head with five ± basal arms to which anthers attach by cellular fusion, (with long ribs), stigma in lower region of head; n also 10.
5/235: Mandevilla (170), Forsteronia (42). New World.
Age. The crown-group Mesechiteae are ca 33.4 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Rhabdadenieae + Apocyneae] [Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]: microsporogenesis successive, grains in tetrads.
[Rhabdadenieae + Apocyneae]: ?
Rhabdadenieae M. E. Endress
Slender lianas to perennial herbs; ?chemistry; wood fibres very thin-walled, parenchymatous; calycine colleters 0; guide rails truncate, fused to filament; style head apically hairy, basal collar +; n = ?
1/3. Tropical America, Florida, the Caribbean.
Age. The crown-group age here is ca 27 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Apocyneae Reichenbach / Old World clade
Shrubs, lianes, or herbs; cardenolides, (pyrrolizidine alkaloids + - Anodendron, Amphineurion); leaves (spiral), domatia +; K with basal colleters in a single ring; C (left-contorted/valvate), corona 0 (+, small); A-C tube short; (pollen polypantoporate); theca base adnate to style head; (post-genital syncarpy +), style head with equatorial flange, (basal collar +), stigma below adnation of anthers; n also 8, 10, 12.
24/117: Urceola (20). Largely Indo-Malesian to China, also North Temperate (Apocynum).
Age. Crown-group Apocyneae are ca 44.7 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]: colleters on adaxial surface of petiole; A-C tube very short; G initially half inferior, style short and thick, head without basal flange/collar.
Baisseeae M. Endress
± Large lianes, (rhizomatous); spermidine alkaloids +; hairs branched; lamina with domatia; K colleters +/0, corona +; (filaments long, spirally twisted first in one direction and then the other - Dewevrella); style (filiform - Dewvrella), head apex elongate-tapering; n = ?
4/29: Baissea (18). Tropical Africa, Madagascar.
Age. Crown-group Baisseeae are ca 30 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae] / asclepiads: cardenolides, (fructans/inulin) +; leaves succulent; C tube formation intermediate; A inserted well below bases of C lobes, gynostegial corona + [common vascular supply with A], filaments 0, anthers [inserted on top of fused tube/specialized ring corona/staminal feet], adnate to style head by cellular fusion; nectary staminal, [produced in alternistaminal sections of A tube behind guide rails formed by wings of adjacent anthers, = "stigmatic chambers"], usually accessible at or near base of guide rails; endothecium not fibrous; pollinia + [pollinia of the one pollinarium from half anthers of adjacent stamens], pollinaria erect, joining hardened apical clip-like corpusculum, sticky disc [= viscidium] +; pollen tetrads +, tectum surrounds the whole tetrad or each pollen grain [calymmate], grains inaperturate, exine 3-layered, orbicules 0; style short, canals +, head with five stigmatic zones; seed with a distinct margin, often winged; endosperm nuclear (cellular), embryo chlorophyllous.
Age. This node was dated to ca 42 Ma (Rapini et al. 2007) or ca 44.5 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
4. Secamonoideae Endlicher
Lianes/vines, climbing by twining, (shrubs); (colleters on adaxial surface of leaf); K (with single trace), C valvate, (left-contorted); corona +/0; pollinia 4, no waxy outer wall; microsporgenesis simultaneous, outer and inner walls of tetrad differentiated [inner walls have intine bridges], granular layer thick; style head various, secretions pale [→ sot translatopr, lacking definite arms (long, recurved - Seamonopsis)].
8/170: Secamone (100). Old World, esp. Madagascar, tropics to temperate.
Age. The crown-group Secamonoideae are some 21.6 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
5. Asclepiadoideae Burnett
(Interxylary phloem +); inflorescences extra-axillary; colleters in sinuses of K; C corona 0 (inconspiucuous), staminql and interstaminal corona +, connate; anthers bisporangiate, dithecal, pollinia 2, with waxy covering, connective apex ± Membranous; tapetal cells uni-/multiseriate, uni-/multinucleate; microsporogenesis successive, pollen first as linear tetrads, exine granular, thin; (nectary also on corona); stigmatic nectary +; pollen receptive areas on the anther wings [not stigmatic], compitum usu 0; integument 5-6-8 or more cells across, ?multiplicative, (endothelium 0), obturator as hairs; antipodal cells multiplicative, ephemeral; stigmatic head broad, secretions dark [→ hard translator, with arms]; seed with raphe running from apex to centre of seed; suspensor uniseriate, long; mitochondrial PEP subunit β rpoC2 pseudogene [from the chloroplast]; n = (9-14).
214/2365. Tropics to temperate, drier areas esp. in Africa (map: see Good 1952). [Photo - Flower, Flower, Flower, Fruit.]
Age. Crown group Asclepiadoideae were estimated to be ca 37 Ma (Rapini et al. 2007) or ca 42 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018: fig. 1). Note that Del Rio et al. (2020: p. 135) cite the age that Fishbein et al. (2018) give for "the origin of the Asclepiadoideae" as being ca 55 Ma, but even the stem-group age of Asclepiadoideae in Fishbein et al. 2018 would be less that 45 Ma.
Fossil seeds placed in two species of Asclepiadospermum have been found in early Eocene deposits ca 48 Ma from China (Del Rio et al. 2020).
5A. Fockeeae H. Kunze, Meve & Liede
Plants twining, with massive tuberous roots; connective appendages inflated; pollinium wall + [of sporopollenin]/0, pollen grains appear to be single when mature - Cibirhiza); stylar head umbonate, caudicles 0; seeds winged.
2/9. Drier parts of southern and eastern Africa, Arabia (Oman).
Age. The crown-group age of this clade is estimated to be ca 8 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[[Eustegieae + Asclepiadeae] [Marsdenieae + Ceropegieae]]: (often epiphytic); (phenathroindolizidine alkaloids); (leaves spiral); pollinium with sporopollenin wall, pollinaria with translator arms [caudicles]; outer and inner walls of tetrads not differentiated, pollen in monads when mature.
Age. This node is ca 41.5 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
[Eustegieae + Asclepiadeae]: pollinaria horizontal or pendent; mitochondrial rpll pseudogene [from the chloroplast].
5B. Eustegieae Liede & Meve
Herbaceous; lamina linear/hastse/palmately lobed; C ?aestivation; corona 3-seriate; style head rostrate or not; fruit (indehiscent - Emicocarpus, seed 1/carpel, wingless); seeds winged; n = ?
2/?2. Mozambique, the Cape.
C. Asclepiadeae Duby
Herbs (stem succulents) to small trees, vines, (tuberous/rootstocks thickened/rhizomatous); (latex clear); C valvate/imbricate, (corona +), (tube development early-late intermediate - Vincetoxicum); endothecium + (0 - Calotropis); follicles usu. 1; seeds (also with wing-like margin); n also 9, 10; germination (hypogeal).
87/1,800. Cynanchum (330), Matelea (180), Vincetoxicum (150), Ditassa (140), Gonolobus (130), Oxypetalum (125), Asclepias (100), Oxypetalum (125), Matelea (75), Metastelma (75), Scyphostelma (50+), Xysmalobium (46). Tropical to subtropical (temperate).
Age. The crown-group age of Asclepiadeae is estimated to be ca 38.6 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Synonymy: Asclepiadaceae Borkhausen, nom. cons., Cynanchaceae G. Meyer
[Marsdenieae + Ceropegieae]: ?
Age. This node is around 39.5 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
5D. Marsdenieae Bentham
Plants herbaceous, vines (lithophytes, epiphytes); cork endodermial; C valvate/imbricate, (corona +); (pollinia with pellucid margin along proximal side); style head convex to conical; follicles often 1; seeds with coma, (exotestal cells with outer walls unthickened - Hoya).
26/740. Hoya (350-450), Ruehssia (110), Dischidia (80), Marsdenia (40). Largely Palaeotropical to Oceania, Cioneura southern Europe, Ruehssia (ex Marsdenia) Central and South America.
Age. Crown-group Marsdenieae are some 22.8 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
5E. Ceropegieae Orban
Plants ± erect, vines, stem succulents [esp. stapeliads], (root tubers +); latex clear; leaves often much reduced/spines, glands/membranous structures in stipular position; C valvate, (free); (corona +); connective appendages 0 (+ - Caudanthera); pollinia with pellucid distal germination zone; pollen (orbicules + - Riocreuxia); seeds with coma and wing-like margin; ventral testa with elongated pitted cells; (hypocotyl massive, cotyledons very small).
11/762: Ceropegia (717). Mostly Africa, some Canaries, also southern Arabian Peninula and southern Europe to China, Malesia, and Australia (1 sp.).
Age. The crown-group age is estimated to be about 35.4 Ma (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Synonymy: Stapeliaceae Horaninow
Evolution: Divergence & Distribution. For dates of divergences within the family, etc., see Rapini et al. (2007) and Liede-Schumann et al. (2012), and for dates around Ceropegieae see Rapini et al. (2007) and Meve et al. (2017). A number of dates from Fishbein et al. (2018: App. S9, see also p. 499) are added above, but see cautions there.
P. K. Endress (2011a) thought that a key innovation within Gentianales was the posession of pollinia/pollinaria, presumably to be optimized to the [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae] node. Pollinia may provide increased pollination efficiency by generalist pollinators in the rather small populations growing in the dry areas many members of the family prefer - a reduction of the Allee effect. (Pollen morphology and development is very variable in Apocynaceae, and the optimization of palynological characters above is only tentative.) Endress (2016: comparison with Orchidaceae) emphasized the development of synorganization/complexity in the flowers here, synorganization laying the foundation for the development of novel structures, however, the corona, one of the most conspicuous novel structure in Apocynaceae, seems not to be directly the product of synorganization.
The whole of the APSA clade may have an African origin (Livshultz et al. 2007). Asclepiadoideae, often herbs, are derived from "Apocynoideae", which are often more or less woody (Livshultz et al. 2011). Tthe origin of the subfamily was perhaps in Africa (Rapini et al. 2007), about 700 species having been recorded from there (Johnson 2010). Diversification of Ceropegieae, with some 760 species, may have occurred a mere 3 Ma as Africa became more arid (Bruyns et al. 2015: estimate younger than in Rapini et al. 2007). and they are diverse and highly endemic in southern Africa in particular (Ollerton et al. 2003). Interestingly, these southern African Asclepiadoideae have more specialized pollination systems (fewer species of pollinator per species of plant) than their European and North American counterparts, and this may be connected with species diversity (Ollerton et al. 2006). There is substantial geographical structuring of clades within groups like e.g. Asclepiadoideae (Goyder 2006 for a summary), thus basal clades of the large genus Cynanchum are African (Khanum et al. 2016; see also M. Endress et al. 2018). Meve and Liede (2002b) discuss a number of apparently quite recent Africa → Madagascar movements in Asclepiadoideae, with the odd movement in the opposite direction.
For diversification in Periplocoideae, see Joubert et al. (2016); Phyllanthera grayii, from northeast Australia (other species up to South East Asia), and Petopentia, from South Africa, are successively sister to the rest of the subfamily. Genera in major clades within "Apocynoideae" are usually from either the Old or the New World, with little overlap between the two (Livshultz et al. 2007).
For characters and phylogeny, see Sennblad (1997). Fishbein et al. (2018) in particular examine the evolution of a number of vegetative and floral characters in the family, at the same time noting that competing topologies, e.g. in the APSA area, yield very different understandings of evolution. All tribes in "Rauvolfioideae" can be more or less readily distinguished by a combination of features in their wood anatomy (Lens et al. 2008b), but such characters remain to be integrated into the phylogeny. Fruit and seed morphology in "Rauvolfioideae" in particular is quite variable, but follicular fruits with comose seeds characterise the APSA clade (Fishbein et al. 2018).
Ecology & Physiology. Members of the old Asclepiadaceae are the most speciose scandent group in New World tropical forests, those of the old Apocynaceae somewhat less so, and all told ca 1,350 species are involved, although some of these are quite small plants; in Africa Apocynaceae are perhaps the most prominent group of scandent species (Gentry 1991; see also Fishbein et al. 2018 for the lability of growth form evolution in Apocynaceae). Livshultz et al. (2011) proposed that [Asclepiadoideae + Secamonoideae] had moved into drier habitats, the large rainforest lianes of Baisseeae representing the ancestral habit/habitat of the whole clade, while Meve et al. (2017) suggested that the rainforest liane Heterostemma was sister to (and the habit/habitat ancestral to) the arid-zone succulent Ceropegieae from Africa.
The Hoya-Dischidia clade, found from Indo-Malesia to the Pacific, also includes a large number - I estimate ca 310 species - of epiphytic climbers. However, details of the evolution of this distinctive habitat preference/habit are not known, phylogenetic relationships here currently being unclear (Wanntorp et al. 2014; Rodda et al. 2020). Dischidia in particular is often to be found growing in the nests of arboreal ants, and Hoya species may also be associated with ants (see also below under Plant-Animal Interactions). A number of species of Dischidia in particular are shingle-leaved plants, hwving more or less orbicular leaves closely adpressed to the stem of the host, the plant being attached by roots that grow along the stem or only at the nodes (Zona 2020); some of these plants are associated with ants (see Plant-Animal Interactions below). Sousa-Baena et al. (2018b) discuss tendrils in the family.
More or less erect growth forms have evolved from lianes in Secamonoideae (Lahaye et al. 2005). Speck et al. (2003) discuss the biomechanics of the changes in life form involved; dwarf shrubs here are biomechanically rather different from "normal" shrubs, and there are several differences in developmental anatomy between shrub and liane. Heterochrony is involved, these self-supporting shrubs having many of the features of young lianes, which themselves have more or less rigid searching shoots with dense wood, and this dense wood phase is prolonged in the shrubs (Speck et al. 2003; LaHaye et al. 2005).
Succulence is quite widespread in Apocynaceae, particularly in Periplocoideae (root succulents) and Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae (especially stem succulents), and there is also leaf succulence, for instance, in Hoya and Dischidia (Marsdenieae); leaf and stem succulence have been lost far faster than they have been gained (Mauseth 2004b; Fishbein et al. 2018). Nyffeler and Eggli (2010b) estimated that there are 74 genera containing 1151 species of succulents; 65 of these genera, mostly small, include only succulent taxa (Meve & Liede-Schumann 2010: many of these genera are now in Ceropegia - Bruyns et al. 2017). There are about 400 species of stem-succulent Ceropegieae in the Old World, with centres of distribution in Arabia, East Africa and southern Africa (Meve et al. 2004). Stapeliads, ca 340 of these species, seem to have evolved in the northern hemisphere, then moved into southern Africa, and then fanned out through the drier parts of the continent, Madagascar and Arabia (Bruyns et al. 2014a) - and this all in the last eight million years or so (Rapini et al. 2007). The embryo in a number of these succulent taxa has a massive hypocotyl and very small cotyledons, and the leaves in the adult plant may be reduced to minute projections (Bruyns 2005). CAM photosynthesis is associated with succulence in Asclepiadoideae (Keeley & Rundel 2003).
For latex and plant defence, see below under Plant-Animal Interactions.
Pollination Biology & Seed Dispersal. For a general survey of pollination in Apocynaceae, see Ollerton & Liede (1997) and especially Ollerton et al. (2018), for details of the complex association between the stamens and the stigma head, see the account in M. E. Endress et al. (2018), for glandular structures in the flower of asclepiads, see Demarco (2017b), and for the evolution of corolla form, see Fishbein et al. (2018). In the family as a whole, the anthers are closely associated with a swollen stigma head, but in various ways, and the morphology of the head is variable, with crests, lobes, etc. (e.g. Nilsson et al. 1993; Fishbein et al. 2018). In genera like Alyxia all or most (not the very apical) cells of the stigmatic head secrete a sticky polysaccharide-terpenoid material to which the pollen adheres, a variant of secondary pollen presentation; there are no localized pollen-receptive and secretory areas on the stigma. Taxa with such stigmas, perhaps the basic condition for the family, predominate in the basal "Rauvolfioideae", however, it has also been suggested that they are derived, and more than once, the differentiated stigma described below being plesiomorphic for the whole family (Simõs et al. 2007a; see especially Schick 1980, 1982, also Shamrov & Gevorkyan 2010a and Morokawa et al. 2015 for the morphology of the stigm head). Taxa with an otherwise undifferentiated stigma head may have a pair of apical lobes, although these do not function as stigmas (Albers & van der Maesen 1994).
In "Rauvolfioideae" and "Apocynoideae" with spatial differentiation within the stigma head, pollen is deposited onto the apex or in bands down the side of the swollen head, sticky material is secreted immediately below, the sticky material enabling the pollinator to pick up the pollen, and pollen is deposited/germinates only at the base of the head (e.g. Albers & van der Maesen 1994). Hairs on the anthers or stigmatic head and lignified guide rails on the side of adjacent anthers are also involved in pollen presentation and guiding the pollinator so that pollination is effective (e.g. Fallen 1986). An annulus or flange around the middle of the head aids in the removal of the pollen from the proboscis of the pollinator, scraping it off, the receptive stigma itself being a ring around the base of the head below the annulus. The stigmatic flange and the lignified guide rails on the anthers together form a trap-and-guide pollination mechanism. In Tabernaemontaneae several features - an androecium with thick, lignified guide rails, a stylar head with a five-lobed upper crest and a thickened basal flange, and paired nectaries - are all associated, all being lost together some five times on the tree (Simões et al. 2010).
In "Apocynoideae" with anthers adnate to the stigma head pollen from two thecae of adjacent anthers commonly mixes on the stigma head; pollen from the two thecae of the one anther do not mix because the intervening connective is adnate to the stigma head. However, the stigma head between the anthers secretes foam, etc., that is involved in the transport of the pollen from the anther to the stigma. In Secamone, Baissea, etc., the whole stigmatic head is glandular (Safwat 1962: check). In asclepiads, the translator of the pollinaria is made up of a corpusculum, a sticky mass produced in the interstaminal area, and two caudicles (stalk linking the pollinia and the corpusculum), all formed from stigmatic secretions produced between the anthers that vary in composition (Demarco 2014, 2017b). Thus the basic spatial arrangement of the androecium in "Apocynoideae" where the pollen on the stigmatic head is in bands coming from adjacent anthers is the same as that in Asclepiadoideae where the two unisporangiate thecae that make up the pollinaria come from adjacent anthers (see also Schill & Jäkel 1978: survey of pollinaria; Schick 1982).
Pollen is commonly aggregated in a variety of ways in Apocynaceae (see Harder & Johnson 2008; Fishbein et al. 2018). In plants with pollinia, the efficiency of transfer of pollen from the stamens to the stigma is increased, but even in Apocynum cannabinum, which lacks pollinia, it is quite high (Harder & Johnson 2008; Livshultz et al. 2018b: the plant does have tetrads). Indeed, the pollen:ovule ratio in A. cannabinum is low when compared with most other Apocynaceae other than asclepiads (Livshultz et al. 2018b). Within Periplocoideae, pollinia seem to have evolved at least three times (Ionta & Judd 2007), and independently of the evolution of pollinia in asclepiads (Straub et al. 2014; Fishbein et al. 2018), and the old idea of the evolution of the pollinia and complex flowers of Asclepiadaceae via Periplocaceae/Periplocoideae as some sort of intermediate needs to be revised (see also Potgieter & Albert 2001; Sennblad & Bremer 2002; Ionta & Judd 2007; esp. Livshultz et al. 2007). The intimate association of the androecium and gynoecium to form the gynostegium and pollinaria that characterize [Asclepiadoideae + Secamonoideae] (asclepiads below) is postgenital, although variation in the pollinarium of Fockeeae, sister to all other Asclepiadoideae, somewhat confuses the issue (see Verhoeven et al. 2003).
There is a great variety of coronal appendages of one sort or another in Apocynaceae flowers. These may develop from the corolla tube (Nerium, Allamanda, Matelea), and then in the same radius as the stamens, or from the apices of the anthers (Adenium, Nerium). Strophanthus can have appendages at the apices of the anthers or more or less bilobed coronal appendages in the angles of the corolla lobes, furthermore, the apices of the corolla lobes narrow into thin, dangling processes that in some species are almost 30 cm long; there is no nectary here. Sometimes, however, what is called a corona is no more than a transverse ridge on the side of the corolla tube or a longitudinal ridge down the tube. The diversity of form produced by tissues from the corolla, stamens, and staminal feet in asclepiads, the gynostegial corona, is remarkable (e.g. Kunze 1990, 2005a; Liede & Kunze 1993 for terms used; Fishbein et al. 2018). Within Asclepiadoideae, the corona develops very late and is clearly staminal (Monteiro & Demarco 2017), and this is consistent with the pattern of gene expression in the flower (Livshultz & Kramer 2009), although Kunze (2005b) suggests that it is an organ sui generis - which it is, if from another point of view. As with the relationship between anthers and pollinaria, the staminal corona lobein Asclepiadoideae is in the same basic position as the corolline corona in more basal Apocynaceae. In the hierarchy above I distinguish between a corona, not qualified further and that is probably corolline, and a gynostegial corona.
The gynostegium covering the gynoecium formed by the post-genital fusion of anthers and stigma, represents a modified part of antherine connective tissue (the staminal retinacle) becomes adnate to the stigmatic head (e.g. Simões et al. 2007b). This develops into a very complex system. There is much variation in the details of the gynostegium in Asclepiadoideae (e.g., see the photographs in Pilbeam 2014). Kunze and Wanntorp (2008a) discuss corona and anther skirt evolution and they puzzle over the morphologically distinctive gynostegium of the molecularly unremarkable Hoya spartioides (Kunze & Wanntorp 2008b); for coronal morphology, see e.g. Ollerton and Liede (2003: Cynanchum), etc..
Nectar in basal Apocynaceae is commonly secreted by nectaries at the base of the gynoecium; these vary in number and may be more or less connate or free; some taxa have nectaries in the ovary wall (Morokawa et al. 2015); little distinction is made between these nectaries in the character hierarchy. Sucrose-dominated nectar seems to predominate in the family (Galetto 1997). Some taxa produce no nectar, and here there is likely to be deceit pollination, as in the rauvolfioid Plumeria (Endress et al. 2018 and references). However, in asclepiads in particular nectar may be secreted in "staminal outgrowths" from the petal-like staminal feet (i.e. the corolla + filament tissue below the anther) that completely surround the gynoecium. Kunze (e.g. 1991, 1997; Kunze & Wanntorp 2008b; see also Monteiro & Demarco 2017; Demarco 2017b) show that this nectar is secreted beneath the guide rails, although it may be accessible to the pollinator only elsewhere in the flower, the nectar moving from where it is secreted via an intricate capillary system (e.g. Kunze 1007; Demarco 2017b; see also below for other functions of this nectar). Thus nectar secreted in stigmatic chambers in Asclepias syriaca moves to the cuculli of the gynsostemium (Kevan et al. 1989). Fahn (1979) suggested that the stigma itself might secrete nectar in Asclepias. Nectar may also be secreted on the corona, as in some species of Marsdenia (Marsdenieae), and here it is picked up by the pollinators (moths: Domingos-Melo et al. 2018).
In asclepiads. the proboscis or leg of the insect is guided to the viscidium, and this attaches the pollinia to the pollinator (e.g. Kunze 1991); insects may even become trapped in the process and die on the flower (Liede 1996). Thus the spider-hunting wasp Hemipepsis dedjas, pollinator of the South African asclepiad Pachycarpus appendiculatus, commonly loses its maxillary and/or labial palps to which the pollinaria become attached as the insect forages for nectar; the palps are broken off as the insect tries to to remove them from the stigmatic groove (Shuttleworth & Johnson 2009b). In some species, mucilage/lipid exudate is produced by the margins of the guide rails before anthesis and may lubricate the movement of the insect's appendage (Demarco 2017a).
In Catharanthus roseus direct cell-to-cell communication via plasmodesmata developing in the epidermal cells was established early as the apices of the carpels fused, and here and elsewhere in Apocynaceae pollen is potentially able to fertilize ovules in either carpel wherever it lands on the stigma (van der Schoot et al. 1995). However, most asclepiads lack a compitum (it is present in Secamone and Tylophora) and the stylar canals are usually separate (but not in those two genera - Kunze 1991), and it is common for ovules in just a single carpel per flower to be fertilized. However, the situation becomes complex, because in many Asclepiadoideae, at least, the receptive area for the pollinia is on the anther wings at the end of the guide rail, and pollen of a pollinium germinates in one of the chambers into which it has been deposited (Vieira & Shepherd 2002). In Asclepias syriaca, at least, but also in other asclepiads, nectar secreted by the nectaries in the stigmatic chambers is needed for the pollen to germinate (Kevan et al. 1989; see also Monteiro & Demarco 2017; Demarco 2017b; Domingos-Melo et al. 2018), although little has been said about how the pollen tubes are guided from the pollinia to the stigma/style. However, the end result is that there are effectively five separate stigmatic regions in a flower with two carpels (there are also five stigmatic zones in some Periplocoideae).
Pollination might seem to be quite a precise process in many Apocynaceae, and particularly in asclepiads with their complex floral morphologies. Pollination by bees, butterflies and (hawk)moths is scattered throughout the family, however, many species of Secamonoideae, Aristolochioideae and Periplocoideae in particular are pollinated by wasps, beetles or flies, a case of what we think of as generalist pollinators pollinating specialized flowers (Ollerton et al. 2018). A variety of floral volatiles from the family has also been characterized, including those that mimic the presence of carrion (Jürgens et al. 2006, 2009, 2013). Several species of insects may be effective pollinators of the one species of asclepiad, so if the flowers seem morphologically specialized they are functionally generalists (e.g. Ollerton et al. 2003, 2007: Table 1, but c.f. Ollerton et al. 2017 in part). Thus there were 41 (low end) to 185 (high end) species of visitors to flowers of five species of Asclepias in North America, 17 to 116 respectively being effective pollinators (Fishbein & Venable 1996). Ollerton et al. (2003) looked at pollination of some asclepiads in South Africa, 8/9 of which were Asclepiadeae, and found that flowers pollinated by specialist insects had abundant and easily accessible nectar and were also visited by many other insects; furthermore, such asclepiads quite often set fruit - and apparently not by selfing - in cultivation well away from their native habitats (Bruyns 2005). Asclepiads with specialised flowers may indeed specialise, but on common, ubiquitous visitors (Ollerton et al. 2003).
Meve and Liede (1994; see also Bruyns 2005) surveyed pollination in stapeliads in general (= Ceropegia s.l., 700+ species, see Bruyns et al. 2017 and below for a phylogeny); these taxa are much photographed (e.g. Pilbeam 2014; Bruyns 2005; de Kock 2017; Frandsen 2017). As Bruyns et al. (2014a) note, the flowers may be more or less hidden under bushes or in litter (smelly flowers may help in their detection, see Jürgens et al. 2006), and how the very complex morphologies of the small flowers - the coronal-gynostegial area is quite often <4 mm across - relate to pollinator activities needs investigation. Fungus gnats are implicated in the pollination of some small concealed flowers (Bruyns 2000). Bruyns et al. (2015) suggested that flies of one type or another were pollinators in this group, with large flies pollinating stapeliads, and since 10 or more asclepiad species may grow together (Bruyns 2000), details of what pollinators do in terms of con- and heterospecific pollinaria transmission is of considerable interest. Fly pollination has been studied in detail in Ceropegia (e.g. Vogel 1961); it is widespread in Ceropegieae (and also some Asclepiadeae). Flies can be attracted in various ways - foul smell, dark colour, dangling appendages, whether from the the tips of the corolla lobes, the corona, etc. (Vogel 2001), nectar, and the like - which are all found in stapeliads and other groups (Oelschlägel et al. 2014; Plachno et al. 2010: osmophores; for chemical mimicry of oviposition sites, see e.g. Jürgens et al. 2013: carrion; Heiduk et al. 2016: kleptoparasites). Indeed, there are around 400 species of mostly dipteran-pollinated carrion flowers in the Old World Ceropegieae alone, and they smell like decaying animal carcasses, decaying fruits and/or rotten organic material, rotting fish, excrement (p-cresol - herbivore faeces; polysulphides or heptanal and octanal dominant – carnivore/omnivore faeces or carcasses) or urine (much hexanoic acid), rarely do they smell of honey or lack any detectable scent; colour is also important (Jürgens et al. 2006, 2009, 2013). Interestingly, nearly all the species studied by Jürgens et al. (2006) have at least some nectar as a reward, Stapelia s. str. being an exception. In one example, about 60% of the some 60 species of Ceropegia examined were pollinated by a single genus of flies (Ollerton et al. 2009b: female biting midges were also quite common), the flowers being of the pitfall type (Heiduk et al. 2017); such plants can be thought of as being ecologically quite specialized (Ollerton et al. 2007). Ollerton et al. (2017) summarized information on pollination in some 69 taxa of Ceropegia, and found that although pollinated by sixteen families of flies, generally one species of Ceropegia was pollinated by members of only one family of fly (although 10/16 of the fly families visited 2 or more species of plant). Interestingly, muscid and calliphorid flies, visitors of only a single species of Ceropegia each, were common visitors to stapeliads (Ollerton et al. 2017).
Despite the apparently functionally generalized flowers with easily-accessible nectar of Pachycarpus grandiflorus (Asclepiadeae), just a single species of Hemipepsis, a spider-hunting wasp, was found to be its effective pollinator (Shuttleworth & Johnson 2009a, see also b), and was not put off by the bitter nectar which deters other pollinators (S. D. Johnson 2010). Yamashiro et al. (2008) studied details of pollination of Japanese species of Vincetoxicum, also Asclepiadeae; tipulids, other dipterans, moths, etc., were all involved. Overall, there is a fair bit of geographic and phylogenetic structuring to plant:pollinator relationships in Apocynaceae (Ollerton et al. 2018). However, much remains to be found out about pollination, for example, what are the pollinators of the spherical, fig-like flowers of Heterostema ficoides (Ceropegieae), from Thailand, that are about 1.7 cm across with just a small opening at the apex and inside filled with a mass of fleshy hairs coming from the petals, other hairs, coronal appendages, etc. (Kidyoo 2019)?
Wyatt and Lipow (2007) suggest that the evolution of pollinia and the secondary apocarpy in Asclepiadoideae and Apocynaceae s.l. is connected with the post-zygotic incompatibility system that characterises Apocynaceae (?all) and at least some other Gentianales. In Ceropegieae, at least, the situation is rather like that in many Orchidaceae - natural hybrids are uncommon, but it is quite easy to make successful artificial crosses between species in different "genera" (Meve et al. 2004 for references).
Plant-Animal Interactions. For latex and plant defence in general, see e.g. Agrawal (2017) and Ramos et al. (2019) and references. Latex of a variety of asclepiads, at least, may contain proteases, effective against insect herbivores (Arribére et al. 1998), thus cysteine protease breaks down the chitin in the peritrophic membrane surrounding the food boluses in the gut, with deleterious effects on the insect; also involved in defence are the cardenolides and of course the latex itself - being sticky, it can gum up small insects (Agrawal et al. 2008; see also Mason et al. 2018 for the importance of the peritrophic membrane).
Although various toxic metabolites are very common in the latex of Apocynaceae, there are about 50 separate groups of herbivorous insects that eat the plants (Farrell 2001 and references). Many of these sequester cardenolides, metabolites that are usually highly toxic, from the latex; both larvae and adults have bright aposematic warning colouration and are involved in Batesian and Mullerian-type mimicry systems (Bowers 1993 for aposematic caterpillars). Thus brightly-colored orange and black danaine caterpillars and bright orange aphids are found on Asclepiadoideae in both North America and southern Africa; the New World longicorn Tetraopes whose larvae eat roots, usually of Asclepias (Farrell & Mitter 1998) is often orange and black, and so on. Insects that eat cardenolide-containing Apocynaceae show convergence at the amino acid level (asparagine changes to histidine in several entirely unrelated insects at position 122 of the K-ATPase β subunit) that appears to promote cardenolide resistance; normally cardenolides inhibit the sodium-potassium (Na/K) pump by binding with this subunit (Zhen et al. 2012; Dobler et al. 2012, 2015; Whiteman & Mooney 2012; Agrawal 2017 for a summary). Cardenolides may not be toxic to a few species of herbivores on Apocynaceae whose caterpillars do not sequester them, but species that do sequester cardenolides have modifications to their Na/K pump that non-sequestering species lack (Petschenka & Agrawal 2015). The ability of some insects simply to eat cardenolide-containing plants is then a separate issue (see also Dobler et al. 2015). Insects, larvae or adults, may cut leaf veins (they "trench" the leaves), so locally interrupting the translocation of cardenolides, etc., to the leaf tissue and so apparently allowing the insect to eat it (Dussourd & Eisner 1987); interestingly, the photosynthetic cost to the plant of this leaf-cutting behaviour may be greater than if the insect had simply eaten the leaf (Delaney & Higley 2006). For more on trenching and foliovory in the family, see Dussourd (2016 and references) and Agrawal (2017: esp. pp. 100-106).
Caterpillars of the two main clades of Nymphalidae-Danainae (Danaini, Ithomiini) can be found on Apocynaceae, probably their ancestral host family (Edgar 1984; Janz et al. 2006; c.f. Wahlberg et al. 2009); the danaine clade diverged from other butterfly clades ca 89 Ma (Wahlberg et al. 2009). It has been suggested that only basal Danainae and Ithomiinae sequester pyrrolizidine alkaloids, although caterpillars of monarchs, for example, can also sequester them (Opitz & Müller 2009). Almost all Danaini, some 160 species, are to be found on Apocynaceae (Agrawal et al. 2012; Petschenka & Agrawal 2015), 1,2-dehydropyrrolizidine alkaloids, found in some Apocynaceae, attracting the butterflies, mostly males, which use them as the basis of their pheromones and for defence (Boppré 2005; Brehm et al. 2007s; Hartmann & Ober 2008). Caterpillars of Nymphalidae-Danainae-Danaini relish Apocynaceae (Ehrlich & Raven 1964; see Ackery & Vane-Wright 1984 for a comprehensive treatment; Brower et al. 2010 for a phylogeny), but they also eat other plants with latex, including several Moraceae and Carica; Danainae-Tellervini also eat Apocynaceae (Wahlberg et al. 2009; Nylin et al. 2013). Most (702/716) records of herbivory by Danainae are from members of the APSA clade, although they also eat taxa in Melodineae, etc. (Livshultz et al. 2018a). There has been a duplication of the deoxyhypusine synthase gene, and one of the copies, the homospermidine synthase (hss) gene, is involved in the synthesis of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are found in some Apocynaceae in the clade immediately above the APSA clade. As with defence genes in the insects, there are widespread molecular-level parallelisms with other plants that have evolved the hss gene (Livshultz et al. 2018a). However, the ability to synthesize these alkaloids had been repeatedly lost, and some Apocynaceae have hss pseudogenes, interestingly, about half of the apocynaceous genera eaten by Danainae caterpillars, specialist herbivores, have cardenolides, and these alkaloids may be a defence against generalized herbivores (Livchultz et al. 2018a).
The interactions of the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, with its food plant, Asclepias syriaca, have become one of the best known insect-plant relationships (for details, see Agrawal 2017). The monarch butterfly is involved in this cardenolide syndrome; the cardenolides are noxious and protect both the caterpillar and the adult butterfly, being retained after metamorphosis, although they are not used in pheromones (e.g. Malcolm 1991; see also Hartmann & Witte 1995; Dobler et al. 2011; Agrawal 2017). Cardiac glycosides target the sodium pump, Na+/K+-ATPase, that is central to the transport of ions across the plasma membrane of animal cells, hence their toxicity to herbivores, indeed, to most animals. However, monarchs, like several other cardenolide-resistant insects (cardenoloide resistance has evolved independently over 20 times in insects from six orders), have accumulated mutations in the α subunit of this pump that make them insensitive to the cardenolide glycosides - and using CRIPR-Cas9 editing, Drosophila melanogaster could also be made resistant to cardenolides, the adults even retaining some cardenolides, like monarchs (Karageorgi et al. 2019). Faldwyn et al. (2018) discuss the interactions between species of Asclepias, cardenolide uptake by the monarch, and changing temperatures. Monarch caterpillars currently do better on introduced A. curassavica than on native A. incarnata, but if growing on A. curassavica they will ingest a detrimentally large amount of cardenolides at higher temperatures - the current preferences of the caterpillars could be some kind of ecological trap (Faldwyn et al. 2018). A complicating factor is that monarchs also have to deal with a protozoan parasite, and infected butterflies preferentially oviposit on A. curassavica, its high cardenolide concentrations reducing the effects of the parasite on the next generation (Lefevre et al. 2010). Milkweed butterfly tolerance of and resistance to particular species of parasite depends on the species of Asclepias they are eating; tolerance and resistance are conferred separately by the plant (Sternberg et al. 2012).
Agrawal & Fishbein (2006) looked at the different defence syndromes of Asclepias. Although the resprouting ability of Asclepias - or simply its tolerance of herbivory - may be an effective defence against specialist herbivores (Agrawal & Fishbein 2008), production of a variety of phenolics changed with herbivory, showing an overall increase even as cardenolide production decreased (Agrawal et al. 2009a). Cardenolides vary in how effective they are in detering potential herbivores, and Züst et al. (2019) noted that structural variation in cardenolides showed around 100 times as much difference in reduced inhibition of the NA+/K+ ATPase in adapted herbivores when compared to non-adapted herbivores; for the reaction of monarch caterpillars to cardenolides in Pachypodium (Malouetieae), see Agrawal et al. (2018). In Asclepias, latex exudation and the activity of the cysteine protease mentioned above are positively correlated, but are negatively correlated with cardenolide concentrations - some kind of trade-off (Agrawal et al. 2008); indeed, overall cardenolide concentration in latex is not related to the amount of latex produced, there may be little cardenolide to be found in latex, but much in leaf tissue, etc. (Züst et al. 2019 and references). One interpretation of the initial diversification of North American Asclepias is that this was accelerated by reduced investment in defensive traits like latex and cardenolide production (Agrawal et al. 2009b). Interestingly, although Agrawal et al. (2008) found that most speciation events in Asclepias were associated with an increase in latex production, overall there was a reduction, the result of a few large changes. Furthermore, more derived milkweeds are likely to have lower amounts of the more toxic cardenolides, and monarch caterpillars grow faster on such plants, even if they sequester less in the way of cardenolides, and so are presumably more palatable to birds... (Agrawal et al. 2015); suggestions that "the goal to make monarchs more vulnerable to predators" is a driver of such declines make evolution sound positively Machiavellian (Züst et al. 2019: p. 58; see also Agrawal 2017). An additional wrinkle is that monarchs preferentially sequester the more toxic cardenolides, and they can even convert less toxic to the most toxic cardenolides (e.g. Seiber et al. 1980; Züst et al. 2019 and references). Both induced and constitutive cardenolide production - amount and diversity - increase at lower latitudes (Rasmann & Agrawal 2011; Agrawal et al. 2012 for a summary), although Moles et al. (2011b) suggested that generally such protective compounds decrease at lower latitudes. To say that this whole system is very complex is an understatement.
Adult ithomiine butterflies are also attracted to Apocynaceae from which they take up alkaloids, and Edgar (1984) and Brehm et al. (2007) suggested that the pyrrolizidine alkaloids of Echiteae may have been originally involved in their pharmacophagous behaviour. Larvae of only a few species of ithomiines are found on Apocynaceae, mostly on Echiteae (Edgar 1984: as Parsonsieae). In a comprehensive morphological analysis (Wilmott & Freitas 2006) these apocynaceous-eating ithomiines, which include Tellervo, the only Old World member of the group, came out at the base of the tree (unrooted); ithomiines otherwise eat mostly New World Solanaceae, q.v..
Arctiid moths also form associations with Apocynaceae (Opitz & Müller 2009), and as with some danaiids the pyrrolizidine alkaloids are the basis for the pheromones produced by the moths - and in Creatonotos there are brush-like scent-producing coremata which can be the length of the moth (Morales et al. 2017a for references). Caterpillars of Arctiids like Grammia incorrupta self-medicate on pyrrolizidine alkaloid-containing plants, prefering food with more of these alkaloids when they themselves are heavily infected by endoparasites, their survival thereby being enhanced (Singer et al. 2009; see other articles in Conner et al. 2009); Zaspel et al. (2014) discuss self-medication (pharmacophagy) and its evolution by caterpillars of Arctiinae on food containing high concentrations of pyrrolizine alkaloids. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are sometimes expressed in the root only, where they protect the plant against generalist root feeders, while the absence of the alkaloids in the leaves means they do not attract specialized herbivores (Livshultz et al. 2016). Pyrrolizidine alkaloids and pentacyclic triterpene saponins variously sequestered and modified are also found in the secretions of the defensive glands of some Chrysolina and Platyophora beetles (Chrysomelidae, both very speciose genera: Pasteels et al. 2001; Termonia et al. 2002; Hartmann et al. 2003). These alkaloids are also found in Crotalaria (Fabaceae), Heliotropaceae and some Asteraceae-Asteroideae.
Farrell and Mitter (1994, 1998) and Farrell (2001) studied the possible co-evolution of the longicorn cerambycid beetle Tetraopes with Asclepias; species of Tetraopes tend to eat different species of Asclepias, and Phaea, which eats other Apocynaceae, is paraphyletic with respect to Tetraopes; this beetle-plant association is dated to ca 20 Ma (Farrell & Mitter 1994). Species in another part of this beetle complex eat Ipomoea, in Convolvulaceae but also laticiferous. More recently derived beetle species are on younger species of Asclepias which have more toxic cardenolides... (Pellmyr 2002 for a summary). Hosts of seed-eating bugs of Hemiptera-Lygaeidae-Lygaeinae are concentrated in the old Apocynaceae (Slater 1976). Resistance of aphids to cardenolides may have evolved rather differently from that in other herbivores eating asclepiads (Zhen et al. 2012). These aphids seem to feed preferentially on internal phloem/adaxial phloem of leaf bundles, apparently the cardenolide transport system, so acquiring food and protection at the same time (Botha et al. 1977). However, which bundles are targeted may also depend on the age of the leaf (Botha et al. 1975). Aphids feeding on Asclepiadoideae may on occasion even induce cardenolide production by the plant (Martel & Malcolm 2004).
Furthermore, there is an inverse correlation between the presence of leaf surface waxes and that of indumentum, the presence of either making it more difficult for potentially noxious insects to alight, although other plant traits are also involved (Agrawal et al. 2009c).
Some Malesian species of Dischidia in particular, and also some Hoya, are myrmecophilous. The plants, along with a variety of other angiosperms and some ferns, live in ant gardens that are formed by the activity of the ants that have been aged at a mere (7.9-)4.9(-1.9) Ma (Orivel & Leroy 2011; Chomicki et al. 2017a, see also Chomicki & Renner 2015 for dates). In taxa like D. rafflesiana the ants (genera like Iridiomyrmex and Philidris) inhabit modified leaves that are shaped like the finger of a glove and they bring in dead insects, etc., into the leaf cavity; the roots of the plant grow into the decaying material, the ants feeding the plant as much as protecting it (e.g. Janzen 1974c). Thus ca 39% of the carbon in the leaves in the related D. major comes from ant respiration and ca 29% of the nitrogen from debris the ant brought in (Treseder et al. 1995) - and also ant excreta? However, some species of Dischidia are effectively free loaders on this and other plant-ant associations, since although lacking domatia themselves, their roots grow into these domatia. Ants may also live under the convex shingle leaves of other species of Dischidia, roots of the plant taking up nutrients from ant excreta, etc. (Zona 2020), while yet other species are quite independent of ants. Although the seeds of Hoya are plumed and so are apparently wind dispersed, they also attract ants that take them to their nests (Janzen 1974c; Weir & Kew 1986).
The African crested rat, Lophiomys imhausii, eats the cardenolide-rich roots and bark of Aconkanthera schimperi (Carisseaea, rauvolfioid), and spreads its poison-containing saliva on its back, where it is taken up by modified hairs. When attacked, the rat displays these hairs, black and white, but if it is bitten, the attacking e.g. dog can be killed by the poison in these hairs (Kingdon et al. 2011).
Bacterial/Fungal Associations. Although Paris-type mycorrhizae are found in Gentianaceae, Loganiaceae, and Rubiaceae, Arum-type endomycorrhizae, or intermediates, are common in Apocynaceae, especially in Asclepiadoideae (Imhoff 1999).
Vegetative Variation. Seedlings of genera with opposite leaves, like Hoya, may have spiral leaves; Absolmsia, previously segregated from Hoya, has spiral leaves even at the flowering stage. In taxa such as Vallesia there are cauline "stipules", apparently colleters in a stipular position; Vallesia also has spiral leaves. Mandevilla has a distinctive ring of large, radiating, almost fleshy projections encircling the stem immediately below the leaves, and in other taxa there may be adaxial, scale-like structures on the petiole (Thomas & Dave 1991). A variety of stipule-like structures is also found in Stapelia and relatives; in Edithcolea grandis (= Ceropegia sordida) the "stipule" is represented by a single hair (Bruyns 2000, see also 2004), while there is a variety of hairs and other structures in the stipular position in Caralluma (Bruyns et al. 2010 - all to be included in Ceropegia, see Bruyns et al. 2017). In Apocynaceae like Alstonia there is an adaxial excavation at the base of the petiole in which the axillary bud is enclosed; this is often encased by secretions from the colleters.
Speck et al. (2003) and Lahaye et al. (2005) discuss the evolution of the shrub habit from a viny/lianescent ancestral habit; see Ecology and Physiology above.
Branching in a number of taxa is complex. The apical bud may abort, or be converted into an inflorescence. However, there may be a pair/whorl of very reduced leaves separated by a very short internode from a whorl of normally-developed leaves at the end of each innovation, and these reduced leaves may subtend vegetative branches or inflorescences which then appear to be in an extra-axillary position (Troll & Weberling 1990). However, the "lateral" inflorescences of at least some stapeliads may be displaced-terminal (Bruyns 2004), and such inflorescences are also found in Apocynum, Asclepias, etc. (Leptadenia (Asclepiadoideae-Ceropegieae) does have axillary inflorescences). The terminal inflorescence is evicted, and the continuing growth of the stem is by an axillary meristem. Nolan (1969) described the division of the apical meristem of Asclepias syriaca that resulted in the meristems that produced an inflorescence (not associated with any kind of leaf) and stem as possibly being dichotomous - this structure might have evolved from a monopodial, sympodial, or "primitively" dichotomising ancestor... Although the literature on such inflorescences is quite extensive, e.g. Woodson (1935), Holm (1950), Liede and Weberling (1985) and Steck and Weberling (1982), there is no recent synthesis. Cymose inflorescences of some sort are the norm in the family, and some Marsdenieae like Hoya in particular have very long-lived but contracted umbel-like inflorescences in which single flowers or whorls of flowers open at intervals over a year or more (Meve et al. 2009).
Genes & Genomes. Albers and Meve (2001) discuss the karyology of the family, particularly that of the asclepiads and Periplocoideae. Variation in chromosome length between the subfamilies (i.5-1.0> μm average for the subfamilies) that represents an overall decrease in length within the family as a whole.
Extensive intragenomic polymorphisms in high copy loci was detected in the mitochondrial genome of Asclepias, and the total number of polymorphisms was correlated with phylogeny (Weitmier et al. 2015; see also J. Song et al. 2012). A rpll pseudogene (this gene is mitochondrial) is found in the plastid in Asclepiadeae, etc. (Straub et al. 2013), while the chloroplast PEP subunit β rpoC2 gene is present as a mitochondrial pseudogene throughout Asclepiadoideae, and something funny is also going on in Secamone.
Chemistry, Morphology, etc.. For distinctive fatty acids in the seed, see Badami and Patil (1981). Agrawal et al. (2011) summarize information on cardiac glycosides in the family; they note that the steroidal alkaloids found in Apocynaceae are strictly speaking pseudoalkaloids, since the nitrogen does not come from amino acids.
Root buds in Aspidosperma are described by Kataoka et al. (2019). The vascular cambium is occasionally storied. There is discussion as to whether the laticifers are articulated or not (for the latter, see e.g. Endress et al. 1918), but the concensus of recent work is that they are articulated and anastomosing (Gama et al. 2017; see also Ramos et al. 2019; Pirollo-Souza et al. 2019); Agrawal (2017) thought that the whole complex laticiferous system in the plant was made up of only 16 cells. The cork cambium in both Periplocoideae and Asclepiadoideae can be superficial or deep seated, depending on the species (Treiber 1891); that in the root of Aspidosperma is immediately subexodermal (Kataoka et al. 2019). The exudates produced by the colleters may protect meristematic areas against dessication, as well as being fungicides and being able to gum up the feet and/or mouthparts of herbivorous insects (Ribeiro et al. 2017). 10 major stomatal types and 36 subtypes were found on the leaves of Vincetoxicum arnottianum (Nisa et al. 2019). Flat vernation is common in the family (Cullen 1978).
There is variation in the direction of contortion of the corolla lobes (e.g. Eichler 1874). How the corolla tube is initiated in Periplocoideae is unknown. Much has been written about the homology of the various petaloid floral structures; deciding which structures on different flowers are directly comparable (see Remane's criteria) can indeed be very difficult. If the staminal feet in Periplocoideae are considered similar to the fused basal tube of [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae] in that both are outgrowths of the stamen-corolla tube, then there is a potential synapomorphy for the larger group, or a parallelism if they do not form a single clade (Livshultz et al. 2007). There is quite a lot of variation in pollen morphology in Apocynaceae, independent of pollinarium formation. Alyxieae in particular have grains with large pores, and some species have remarkable barrel-like pollen grains, the pores forming the ends of the barrel (M. Endress et al. 2007a). In Vinceae there is considerable variation in pore number and position, Chonemorpha in particular having remarkable irregular-lumpy pollen grains looking like misshapen potatoes (Livshultz et al. 2018c). Although the surface of the grains is often smooth, it can also be rugose or have projections (Nilsson 1990). Periplocoideae and Secamonoideae are reported to have T-shaped and tetragonal tetrads and simultaneous microsporogenesis; when microsporogenesis is successive, the tetrads are linear, but rhomboidal tetrads are also reported (Safwat 1962; Maheshwari Devi 1964; Omlor 1998; Nilsson et al. 1993; see also Matomoro-Vidal et al. 2014). There has been considerable discussion about the nature of the paired nectaries of Vinca in particular, and because of their vascularization, etc., there are even suggestions that they are modified carpels (e.g. Woodson & Moore 1938; Rao & Ganguli 1963; Fahn 1979); this is unlikely (see also Erbar 2014). When the carpels are connate, placentation may be axile or parietal (for the latter, in Allamanda, see Fallen 1985). Syncarpy seems to have evolved more than once in the family, and it is, for example, congenital in Acokanthera and postgenital in Allamanda (Sennblad & Bremer 1996). The carpels may be collateral (Spichiger et al. 2002). An endothelium has been reported in the ovules of Apocynaceae s. str. (Kapil & Tiwari 1978; Cronquist 1981), but it is absent according to Rohwer (1996). There are a few reports of obturators of various morphologies in the family (Morokawa et al. 2015; Demarco 2017b).
Apocynaceae are a much-studied group, e.g. M. Endress and Bruyns (2000), Leeuwenberg (1983: Plumerioideae, 1994), Albers and Meve (2002: enumeration of succulent taxa), Livshultz et al. (2007) and especially M. E. Endress et al. (2018), for much information on Periplocoideae, Secamonoideae, and Asclepiadoideae, see a site run by S. Liede-Schumann and U. Meve while F. d'Alessi and L. Viljoen provide information on stapeliads (= Ceropegia pro parte) in particular; for Fockeeae, see Jankalski (2014)., and for a magnificent revision of southern African stapeliads, see Bruyns (2004). See also Aniszewski (2007) and Colegate et al. (2016), both alkaloids, Demarco and Castro (2008 and references: laticifers), Lens et al. (2008b, 2009c: wood anatomy, to be integrated), Cremers (1973: growth of some lianes), Glück (1919) and Ribeiro et al. (2017 and references), both colleters. There is much on floral morphology - Allorge (1996: 25 genera), Erbar and Leins (1996b), P. K. Endress (1994b) and Swarupanandan et al. (1996), both Asclepiadoideae, Meve et al. (2009: Marsdenieae), Bruyns (2000) and Bruyns et al. (2012), both stapeliads, Kunze (1990, 1995: Gonolobeae [= Asclepiadeae], 2005a: corona) and Galeto (1997: some Argentinian taxa) - and on pollen - Nilsson (1986), Sampson and Anusarnsunthorn (1990: Parsonsia), Verhoeven and Venter (1994, 2001: useful comparisons), Van der Ham et al. (2001: Alyxieae), Vinckier and Smets (2002b: orbicules), van de Ven and van der Ham (2006: Melodinus, etc.), Van der Weide and Van der Ham (2012: Tabernaemontaneae) and Volkova and Severova (2015: Vinca), and Kunze (e.g. 1993, 1994, 1996) and Demarco (2014), both stamen development, Civeyrel et al. (1998: pollinaria variation), Omlor (1996: translator structure in Periplocoideae and Secamonoideae, 1998: floral morphology and testa anatomy), P. K. Endress et al. (1983) and Shamrov and Gevorkyan (2010b), both gynoecium, Andersson (1931), Anantaswamy Rau (1940b), Venkata Rao and Rama Rao (1954) and Maheshwari Devi and Lakshminarayana (1977), all embryology, and Hillebrand (1872: seed hairs - how different are the two coma types?).
Phylogeny. Both Rauvolfioideae and Apocynoideae are paraphyletic (Sennblad & Bremer 1996, 2002); see Livshultz et al. (2007) for the phylogeny of "Apocynoideae" and Simões et al. (2007a) for that of the basal "Rauvolfioideae", particularly paraphyletic. The relationships of seven tribes in the latter are more or less clear, but those of the remaining five tribes remain to be established; there is good support for Aspidospermateae and Alstonieae as successively sister to all other Apocynaceae (Simões et al. 2007a). Z.-D. Chen et al. (2016) took a comprehensive look at Chinese Apocynaceae and recovered many of the relationships discussed here, although with a few differences, e.g. Nerieae were paraphyletic. Overall relationships in the extensive analysis by L.-L. Yang et al. (2016) are also quite similar to those discussed below, and many support values were quite high. Absences like that of Rhabdadenieae are unsurprising given the geographical focus (China) of the analysis, relationships between Odontadenieae and Echiteae were unclear, Periplocoideae were of uncertain position, and there was some support for a [Marsdenieae + Ceropegieae] clade in Asclepiadoideae. The analysis by Fishbein et al. (2018) produced largely similar results, as did that by Nazar et al. (2019: PHYA + trnL-F), only differences being noted; in the latter study in particular, there was little support for many relationships along the spine. In Nazar et al. (2019) an [Hunterieae + Amsonieae] clade switched places with a [Tabernaemontaneae + Vinceae] clade, depending on the analysis, and Rhabdadenieae, whether or not associated with Maiouetieae, branched off before Periplpocoideae. An [Odontadenieae [Mesechiteae/Echiteae + Apocyneae]] clade branched off separately immediately afterwards. Within Asclepiadoideae there was a [Eustegieae [Asclepiadeae [Marsdenieae + Ceropegieae]] clade.
For relationships in Vinceae, see Simões et al. (2016); Kopsia is sister to the rest, although taxa outside basal Apocynaceae were not included. Simões et al. (2010, see also 2006a) have clarified relationships within Tabernaemontaneae, i.a. circumscribing Tabernaemontana broadly to include Stemmadenia; major clades within that genus are correlated with geography. For a phylogeny of Alyxieae, M. Endress et al. (2007). Burge et al. (2013) clarified relationships within the much-cultivated Pachypodium (Malouetieae).
Apocynoideae, Periplocoideae, Secamonoideae, and Asclepiadoideae, i.e. basically the old Apocynoideae, Periplocoideae/Periplocaceae, and Asclepiadaceae, form the APSA clade, relationships within which are being clarified. A question was whether or not Periplocoideae were immediately related to [Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]. Relationships could be [Periplocoideae [[Asian clade + New World clade] [Baisseeae [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]]], with the position of Rhabdadenia unclear (e.g. Livshultz 2010); she thought that ca 8 times the current amount of parsimony-informative data might solve the problem... Straub et al. (2014) examined plastome sequences of 13 taxa in the APSA clade, and they suggested that that Periplocoideae were not immediately related to the old asclepiads; Fishbein et al. (2018: e.g. Odontadenieae polyphyletic...) came to a similar conclusion, but plastid data suggested a closer relationship of Periplocoideae and the asclepiads. However, the former set of relationships are followed above.
For relationships in Apocyneae, see Livshultz et al. (2018c). Parsonsia and Echites are included in Echiteae (Sennblad & Bremer 2002); relationships there are discussed by Morales et al. (2017a) while Prestonia was the focus of Morales et al. (2017b), who found that the previously-recognized sections were all unsatisfactory. Agrawal et al. (2018) outline relationships within Pachypodium (Malouetieae). For phylogenetic relationships in Mesechiteae, see Simões et al. (2004, 2006b, 2007b); in an earlier circumscription, the tribe was polyphyletic. There is small mostly African clade, Baisseeae, in which Dewevrella, with coiled filaments, is sister to the rest - and it is morphologically rather different from them (Livshultz 2009, esp. 2010). They are strongly supported as being sister to [Secamonoideae + Asclepiadoideae]. Below Baisseeae is a polytomy including a largely Asian clade (but including Apocynum) of ex-Apocynoideae, a largely American clade of that group, Rhabdadenia, and Periplocoideae (Livshultz et al. 2007; Livshultz 2010; see also Lahaye et al. 2007). Within Periplocoideae Phyllanthera is sister to the rest, although only the Australian species has been examined (see also Ionta & Judd 2007; Joubert et al. 2016 and Nazar et al. 2019, in both relationships slightly different; see also Venter & Verhoeven 2001).
Within Secamonoideae, Secamone may be paraphyletic (Lahaye et al. 2005, 2007: Secamonopsis part of a polytomy, Toxocarpus et al. not included; Nazar et al. 2019: Toxocarpus included, but sampling?).
Surveswaran et al. (2014) found relationships within Asclepiadoideae to be [Fockeeae [Eustephieae + Asclepiadeae] [Ceropegieae + Marsdenieae]], although some support values were not very high, while relationships within New World Asclepiadoideae have been clarified by e.g. Liede-Schumann (2005) and Rapini et al. (2007). Asclepiadeae. 1. Goyder et al. 2007) suggested that Asclepias was polyphyletic; Asclepias in the New World is sister to an Old World clade of Asclepiadeae within which the Old World Asclepias are embedded (there are some 16 genera in the African Asclepias complex), however, support for the two clades is not strong, and basal relationships within the Old World clade also have little support - and more recently a 3-gene chloroplast tree of the African taxa was distinguished by finding that most species were part of a 22-tomy... (Chuba et al. 2017). A study focussing on New World Asclepias found that Trachycalymma was sister to both the Old and New World clades, although none of these relationships had much non-parametric bootstrap support (Fishbein et al. 2011); in Goyder et al. (2007) Trachycalymma was embedded within the Old World clade. 2. Relationships around Astephaninae are unclear (Liede 2001). 3. In Cynanchinae, for the delimitation and relationships of Cynanchum itself, see Liede and Kunze (2002), Liede and Täuber (2002) and especially Khanum et al. (2016). 4. For the Gonolobus area, see Krings et al. (2008); Gonolobinae are proving difficult, conflicting topologies perhaps being due to incomplete lineage sorting (McDonnell et al. 2018). 5. Silva et al. (2012) found that most genera of Metastelmatinae are not monophyletic. 6. Vincetoxicum is not monophyletic (Yamashiro et al. 2004), however, Liede-Schumann et al. (2012) clarified relationships in the whole Tylephorinae, to which it belongs. Within Ceropegieae relationships are complex, Ceropegia itself occurring all over the tree and Brachystelma being embedded in it (Meve & Leide 2001, 2002a; Meve & Liede-Schumann 2007; Ribeiro et al. 2014; Bruyns et al. 2015, 2017: important taxonomic paper; Meve et al. 2017); the genera had been delimited using gross floral morphology. The stapeliads are monophyletic, but are embedded in Ceropegieae (Bruyns et al. 2014a, 2015, 2017), and the general relationships are [Heterostemma [Anisotominae + Stapeliinae]] (Meve et al. 2017). Livshultz et al. (2013) outlined relationships within Marsdenieae; the Old World Hoya and Dischidia are fairly close but could be separated by morphological features, possibly apomorphies, such as pollinarium morphology, inner guide rail presence/absence, and nectary position (Wanntorp & Kunze 2009). However, whether Dischidia is sister to or embedded within Hoya remains unclear (Wanntorp et al. 2014; Rodda et al. 2020: the position of Oreosparte is also unclear). Estimates of species numbers in these two genera in particular vary widely, although Hoya is indeed very speciose; see also Wanntorp et al. (2006a, b, 2009) for phylogenies, Wanntorp and Forster (2007: floral morphology in general), Kunze and Wanntorp (2008a: corona and anther skirt) and Kunze and Wanntorp (2008b: focus on Hoya spartioides). Relationships along the backbone of Hoya remain poorly resolved (Wanntorp et al. 2011a). Do Espírito Santo et al. (2019) focussed on relationships in New World Marsdenieae; Marsdenia was polyphyletic and although Rhyssolobium and two species of Marsdenia moved around the tree in different analyses, they moved the New World species of Marsdenia to Ruehssia.
Classification. The suprageneric classification here is based on that of M. Endress et al. (2007a, esp. 2014, 2018; see also Endress & Bruyns 2000; summary in Nazar et al. 2013); for subtribes, see also Fishbein et al. (2018: Asclepiadoideae). No attempt here has been made to develop a rational classification throughout the family since this must await clarification of relationships at the base of the tree, i.e. within the old Rauwolfioideae.
Generic limits need much attention in Apocynaceae (see e.g. Liede & Täuber 2000; Liede et al. 2002; Rapini et al. 2003; Goyder et al. 2007; Meve & Liede-Schumann 2007). For genera - and subtribes - in Apocyneae, see Livshultz et al. (2018c), for generic limits in Tabernaemontaneae, see Simões et al. (2010), and for an infrageneric classification of Prestonia, see Morales et al. (2017b). Generic limits in Asclepiadoideae are particularly difficult, and current genera can seem to be distinguished by floral minutiae of dubious significance. Asclepias itself is definitely polphyletic, the New World clade including the type of the genus (Goyder et al. 2007), but morphology alone is not clarifying relationships too much; Goyder (2009) provisionally included even Trachycalymma (see above) in an admittedly unsatisfactorily circumscribed African Asclepias, while Chuba et al. (2017: p. 148) note that "the species comprising the African Asclepias complex cannot be readily partitioned into monophyletic genera", and thought that extending the limits of Asclepias might be the way to go. Liede-Schumann et al. (2012) extended the limits of the Old World Vincetoxicum to include Tylophora (see Liede-Schumann & Meve 2018 for the formal reclassification). Ceropegieae are another very difficult area, indeed, various genera are embedded within Caralluma, in turn embedded in Ceropegia (Meve & Leide 2001, 2002; Meve & Liede-Schumann 2007; Bruyns et al. 2010: see de Kock & Meve 2007 for a checklist). Bruyns et al. (2015: p. 50) noted that Surveswaran et al. (2009) "found that Brachystelma is not monophyletic and also that Ceropegia is not monophyletic unless Brachystelma and the stapeliads are included in it"; they found the same relationships, and seemed to be inclining to an enlarged Stapelia with around 670 species. For the same classificatory conclusion formally codified, but under Ceropegia, see Bruyns et al. (2017), q.v. for a discussion of the problem and the 63 sections that they recognized in Ceropegia. Liede and Täuber (2000) included Sarcostemma in Cynanchum, and the limits of the latter have reasonably been drawn quite widely (Khanum et al. 2016). For genera in Asclepiadoideae-Marsdenieae, see Omlor (1998) and Meve et al. (2009); to make Marsdenia monophyletic, the whole tribe, which includes Hoya, etc., would become monogeneric (Livshultz et al. 2013), or... However, Do Espirito Santo et al. (2019) moved 110 species of New World Marsdenia into Ruehssia, combinations being made for the Brazilian taxa. For a very useful generic synonymy of Periplocoideae, Asclepiadoideae and Secamonoideae, see http://www.bio.uni-bayreuth.de/planta2/research/databases/delta_as/triblist.html
Thanks. I thank M. Endress for comments.