The common morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) is an annual vine native to Central and Southern Mexico. The genetics of flower color polymorphisms and interactions with the biotic environment have been extensively studied in I. purpurea and in its sister species I. nil. In this study, we examine nucleotide sequence polymorphism in 11 loci, 9 of which are known to participate in a pathway that produces floral pigments. A sample of 30 I. purpurea accessions from the native range of Central and Southern Mexico comprise the data, along with one accession from each of the two sister species I. alba and I. nil. We observe moderate levels of nucleotide sequence polymorphism of ~1%. The ratio of recombination to mutation parameter estimates (ρ/θ) of ~2.5 appears consistent with a mixed-mating system. Ipomoea resequencing data from these genic regions are noteworthy in providing a good fit to the standard neutral model of molecular evolution. The derived silent site frequency spectrum is very close to that predicted by coalescent simulations of a drift-mutation process, and Tajima's D values are not significantly different from expectations under neutrality.
- tropical plants