New insights regarding the taxonomy and phylogeography of Onobrychis montana DC. subsp. transsilvanica (Fabaceae)


  • Ioan BĂCILĂ National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Institute of Biological Research, Department of Experimental Biology, 48 Republicii St., 400015 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Dana ŞUTEU National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Institute of Biological Research, Department of Experimental Biology, 48 Republicii St., 400015 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Ana COSTE National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Institute of Biological Research, Department of Experimental Biology, 48 Republicii St., 400015 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Zoltan R. BALÁZS Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 1 Kogălniceanu St., 400084 Cluj-Napoca; Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Center for Systematic Biology, Biodiversity and Bioresources – 3B, 1 Kogălniceanu St., 400084, Cluj-Napoca; Babeș-Bolyai University, Doctoral School of Integrative Biology, 1 Kogălniceanu St., 400084 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Gheorghe COLDEA National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Institute of Biological Research, Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, 48 Republicii St., 400015 Cluj-Napoca (RO)



Carpathians, microsatellites, Onobrychis, phylogeographic groups, taxonomy


Onobrychis montana DC. Subsp. transsilvanica (Simonk.) Jáv. (Fabaceae) is a plant taxon, endemic to the South-Eastern Carpathians, whose taxonomic status is treated inconsistently by the classic taxonomy based on morphological traits. In a previous study, by sequencing several chloroplast DNA regions and AFLP genotyping, we tried to elucidate the controversy concerning its taxonomic status in relation to the more widespread O. montana DC., and determined its phylogeographic structure within the Carpathians. The present study, based on DNA fingerprinting by seven SSR markers, brings more insights on this problematic taxon by conferring higher resolution and sub-clustering previously identified phylogeographic groups. However, the newly SSR genetic data are in agreement with molecular evidence revealed by AFLP and chloroplastic SNPs and do not support O. montana DC. Subsp. transsilvanica (Simonk.) Jáv. As a distinct species from O. montana DC.


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How to Cite

BĂCILĂ, I., ŞUTEU, D., COSTE, A., BALÁZS, Z. R., & COLDEA, G. (2023). New insights regarding the taxonomy and phylogeography of Onobrychis montana DC. subsp. transsilvanica (Fabaceae). Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 15(4), 11730.



Research articles
DOI: 10.55779/nsb15411730