Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Stephen P. Bush


Epidendrum conopseum is an epiphytic orchid that grows in very wet, warm habitats. It is found in the United States as far north as North Carolina. This study examined three populations in Florida. The polymerase chain reaction was used to produce DNA fingerprints for each of the 43 plants sampled. These fingerprints were then analyzed using the analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) to determine the genetic diversity in the populations. Also, the fingerprints were used to examine the relationship between genetic differences and physical distances between the populations. A low amount of variation (11.87%) was found among the populations.

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