Original Research

The genus Buglossoides (Boraginaceae) in southern Africa

E. Retief, A. E. van Wyk
Bothalia | Vol 32, No 1 | a456 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v32i1.456 | © 2002 E. Retief, A. E. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 September 2002 | Published: 11 September 2002

About the author(s)

E. Retief, National Herbarium. National Botanical Institute., South Africa
A. E. van Wyk, H.G.W.J. Schweickerdt Herbarium. Department of Botany. University of Pretoria

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The genus Buglossoides Moench, a member of the family Boraginaceae. subfamily Boraginoideae. tribe Lithospermeae. is revised tor the Flora of southern Africa (FSA) region.  Buglossoides comprises about seven species of annual, biennial or perennial herbs and subshrubs native to Asia, southern Europe and northern Africa.  B. arvensis (L.) I.M Johnst.. a naturalized weed in many parts of the world, is the only member of the genus represented in the flora of southern Africa, presumably introduced with imported cereal seed. Although the similar polyaperturate pollen grains of  Buglossoides and Lithospermum support the view that they are congeneric, they are retained as separate entities here. Diagnostic characters, a full description, various illustrations and a distribution map of B. arvensis in southern Africa are given.


Boraginaceae. Boraginoideae. <i>Buglossoides</i> Moench; Lithospermeae. nutlets; pollen; southern Africa; taxonomy


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