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Albucacrispa and A. grandis (Hyacinthaceae: Omithogaloideae), two new species of subgenus Albuca, the rediscovery of A. albucoides (sub­ genus Osmyne), and the identity of A. reflexa

J. C. Manning, P. Goldblatt
Bothalia | Vol 39, No 2 | a241 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v39i2.241 | © 2009 J. C. Manning, P. Goldblatt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 August 2009 | Published: 12 August 2009

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J. C. Manning, Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa
P. Goldblatt, B.A. Krukoff Curator o f African Botany. Missouri Botanical Garden

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Albuca crispa is a new species of section Falconera series Trianthera with crispulate leaves from the Great Karoo, known  at least since 1947 but overlooked until now. A second new species. A grandis. from the southwestern Cape was previously included in  A. fragrans Jacq. (section  Falconera series  Falconera). It is a robust species that flowers in winter and early spring and the styles are rugulose with ± isodiametric epidermal cells, unlike typical  A. fragrans which is a more slender species flowering in early summer and with derived, smooth styles with fusiform epidermal cells. The recent discovery of a flowering population matching the type of A. albucoides (Aiton) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt (subgenus Osmyne) allows for a full description and illustration of this poorly know n and taxonomically neglected species that has often been included in A. suaveolens (Jacq.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt. Lastly, examination of the type  of A. reflexa Krause & Dinter from Namibia shows it to be conspecific w ith Drimia indica (Roxb.) Jessop.


Albuca L.; Drimia Jacq.; Hyacinthaceae; Omithogaloideae; South Africa; taxonomy; Urgineoideae


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