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Studies in Otiophora Zucc. (Rubiaceae): 4. The taxonomic position of the genus

Ch. Puff
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 2 | a1157 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i2.1157 | © 1983 Ch. Puff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 October 1983 | Published: 17 December 1983

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Ch. Puff, Institute of Botany, University of Vienna, South Africa

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An evaluation of the characters of Otiophora provides conclusive evidence that the genus should be excluded from the Anthospermeae, the tribe in which it has traditionally been placed. Evidence from cytology, anatomy and morphology suggests a placement of the genus in the tribe Hedyotideae, in spite of some features pointing to a link with the Spermacoceae. It is, furthermore, pointed out that the tribes Spermacoceae and Hedyotideae are perhaps more closely related to each other than previously thought.


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