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Two new species of Spiloxene (Hypoxidaceae) from the northwestern Cape, South Africa

D. A. Snijman
Bothalia | Vol 36, No 2 | a351 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v36i2.351 | © 2006 D. A. Snijman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 August 2006 | Published: 21 August 2006

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D. A. Snijman, Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa

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Newly described are two new species of Spiloxene Salisb.:  S. nana Snijman from the Bokkeveld Escarpment, Northern Cape Province, is a shade-loving plant with narrow, pale green leaves and small, white or rarely cream-coloured flowers; S. pusilla Snijman from the Matsikamma, Gifberg and Pakhuis Mountains. Western Cape Province, resembles S. nana in habit but the yellow- or white-tepalled flowers which are tetramerous or hexamerous have darkly coloured stamens and style and an ovary with a short, solid, narrow prolongation at the apex. Inhabiting rock overhangs formed by quartzitic sandstone sheets, both species are close allies of S. scullyi (Baker) Garside from Namaqualand.


Hypoxidaceae; new species; South Africa; Spiloxene Salisb.; taxonomy; winter rainfall region


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