Moricandia DC.

Moricandia is a small genus with eight species that occur in the Mediterranean area, further east up to Central Asia. It is usually associated with arid and semi-arid environments. A single species, M. arvensis, is weedy and has been recorded as alien in Belgium.

Recent molecular phylogenetic analyses showed a clear and robust phylogeny of the genus Moricandia. The genus appears to be formed by two main lineages: the Iberian clade including three species, and the African clade including the four species inhabiting the Southern Mediterranean regions plus M. arvensis (Perfectti & al. 2017).


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Perfectti F., Gómez J.M., González-Megías A., Abdelaziz M. & Lorite J. (2017) Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary history of Moricandia DC (Brassicaceae). PeerJ 5:e3964 [available online at:]

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