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A taxonomic revision of the genus Merciera (Campanulaceae)

C. N. Cupido
Bothalia | Vol 36, No 1 | a326 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v36i1.326 | © 2006 C. N. Cupido | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 August 2006 | Published: 20 August 2006

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C. N. Cupido, Compton Herbarium. South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa

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Abstract

A taxonomic account of Western Cape endemic genus Merciera A.DC. is presented. Six species, supported by recent phenetic studies, are recognized. M. brevifolia A.DC., M. eckloniana H.Buek. M. leptoloba A.DC. and M. tenuifolia (L.f.) A.DC are retained as species. M. azurea Schltr. is returned to species status and M. tetraloba C.N.Cupido was recently described. Each species is described and illustrated. A key to the species, and distribution maps are provided.


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Campanulaceae; Merciera A.DC.. South Africa; taxonomy; Western Cape

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