Phylogenetic relationships of Nepenthes Mar 14, 2008 3:44:12 GMT 7
Post by agustinfranco on Mar 14, 2008 3:44:12 GMT 7
I took the liberty to scan a phylogenetic tree of Nepenthes, by Dr Mullins 2000)
For those who are not familiar with this terminology, it simply is a grouping system for these plants based on gene sequence homology or how identical their genes are to each other.
The more differences are found the further appart the species are from each other. The closer the grouping, the more similar they are.
Nepenthes aristolochioides and Nepenthes spathulata with talangensis are very much related based on the tree (top of the tree), but aristolochioides is definitely very different from N. rajah (in the lower half of the tree: green area)
these trees as with anything else are not 100% accurate, but at least it can confirm or disprove taxonomy based on visual skills, which is my view is even less accurate than these trees.