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Typification and application of the name Arctotis grandiflora Aiton (Asteraceae: Arctotideae)

Robert J. McKenzie
Bothalia | Vol 49, No 1 | a2376 | DOI: | © 2019 Robert J. McKenzie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 May 2018 | Published: 11 March 2019

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Robert J. McKenzie, Department of Botany, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

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Background: Ongoing taxonomic studies in the African genus Arctotis (Asteraceae) necessitate periodic nomenclatural adjustments and corrections.

Objectives: To evaluate the taxonomic status and application of the name Arctotis grandiflora Aiton.

Methods: Type material and herbarium specimens were located and examined, relevant literature was consulted and wild populations were observed.

Results: The type material of A. grandiflora Aiton comprises specimens of two taxa from independent gatherings. A lectotype is designated for A. grandiflora.

Conclusion: The name A. grandiflora Aiton is a heterotypic synonym of Arctotis stoechadifolia P.J.Bergius. A revised synonymy for A. stoechadifolia is presented.


Arctotis; Arctotideae; taxonomy; nomenclature; typification


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