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Ornithogalum: a revision of the southern African species

A. A. Obermeyer
Bothalia | Vol 12, No 3 | a1793 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v12i3.1793 | © 1978 A. A. Obermeyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 December 1978 | Published: 05 December 1978

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A. A. Obermeyer, Botanical Research Institute, Department of Agricultural Technical Services, South Africa

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Abstract

A taxonomic revision of the genus  Ornithogalum L. (Liliaceae) in southern Africa is presented. Three subgenera and 54 species are recognized; 8 of these species are new to science; there is one new subspecies, 3 taxa are accorded subspecific rank, one variety has been raised to specific rank, 4 were taken out of other genera and placed in  Ornithogalum and one was placed under Albuca (see p. 372 for enumeration). Characters separating  Ornithogalum from  Albuca are defined. Historical notes on the genus are given and reference is made to poisonous and cultivated species.


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