Perspectives in taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Astragalus (Fabaceae): a review

Document Type : Research Paper


Center of Excellence in Phylogeny of Living Organisms and Department of Plant Science, School of Biology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


The genus Astragalus L. (Fabaceae) is reviewed from both phyloenetic and taxonomic
points of view. As the largest genus of flowering plants it has attracted many researchers,
but much work remains to be done. A short taxonomic history with special focus on
infrageneric classification of the genus, a list of phylogenetic studies including the applied
markers and sampling strategies as well as a short discussion on evolution of
morphological characters are presented.