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Studies on African Asclepiadaceae

F. K. Kupicha
Kew Bulletin
Vol. 38, No. 4 (1984), pp. 599-672
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
DOI: 10.2307/4108575
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4108575
Page Count: 82
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Abstract

The large and unnatural grouping 'Schizoglossum E. Meyer' is reviewed. Schizoglossum sensu stricto comprises 12 species endemic to southern Africa; these are keyed out, described, mapped and illustrated. The account includes two new species, four new subspecies and seven new combinations at subspecific rank. Most of the species formerly regarded as members of Schizoglossum are excluded. Miraglossum Kupicha is described; it comprises seven species endemic to southern Africa, including two new species and five transferred from Schizoglossum. These are keyed out, described, mapped and illustrated. Aspidoglossum E. Meyer is distributed throughout southern and tropical Africa, with its centre of diversity in Natal and the Transvaal. Four sections are recognised, each including both southern and tropical members. The genus comprises 34 species: three original, six new to science and 25 with basionyms in Schizoglossum; of the latter, 21 names are newly combined here. The species are keyed out, described and illustrated. 58 names in Schizoglossum are left without generic position as a result of the three revisions above. Over half of these names are here tentatively allocated to Glossostelma Schltr., Pachycarpus E. Meyer or Stenostelma Schltr.; others are distributed among a miscellany of genera; and the remainder are listed but unassigned to genus.

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