The genetic variation and relationship among the selected south Indian tea (Camellia spp.) germplasm was evaluated using morphological traits and RAPD markers. Ninety four mother bushes were selected for germplasm characterization. Morphological characterization of selected mother bushes identified significant divergence among them.The dendrogram constructed using UPGMA method based on RAPD fingerprinting divides the selected mother bushes into two major groups. The present investigation confirms the ability of RAPD markers to characterize the high variation exists within and between the selected accessions of tea germplasm. The results of the present study indicate that there is no correlation between molecular and morphological (both quantitative and qualitative) relationships.
Keywords Camellia spp., genetic diversity, RAPD markers, morphological markers