Original Research

Taxonomy of the Passerina filiformis complex (Thymelaeaceae)

C. L. Bredenkamp, A. E. van Wyk
Bothalia | Vol 32, No 1 | a459 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v32i1.459 | © 2002 C. L. Bredenkamp, A. E. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 September 2002 | Published: 11 September 2002

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C. L. Bredenkamp, National Botanical Institute, South Africa
A. E. van Wyk, H.G.W.J. Schweickerdt Herbarium. Department of Botany., South Africa

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Revision of the genus Passerina L. indicated a new delimitation of taxonomic entities within the Passerina filiformis L. complex. Evidence from leaf anatomy greatly assisted in the recognition of taxa.  P. filiformis is here divided into two sub­species. namely P. filiformis subsp.  filiformis and P. filiformis subsp. glutinosa (Thoday) Bredenkamp & A.E.van Wyk. and a new species. P. montivagus Bredenkamp & A.E.van Wyk, which is also described. The new taxa are geographically separated: subsp. filiformis ranges from Piquetberg in the north through the Cape Peninsula in the south, where it is quite com­mon. to Attaquaskloof in the southwestern Cape: subsp. glutinosa occurs along the coast between Vredendal and St Helena Bay; and  P. montivagus has a wide distribution from Mossel Bay and Oudtshoom in the south through Eastern Cape and along the Great Escarpment northwards to Zimbabwe, with outliers in Tanzania.


anatomy; new species; <i>Passerina</i>. southern Africa; taxonomy. Thymelaeaceae


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