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A taxonomic revision of Maurocenia (Celastraceae), a Western Cape monotypic endemic

R. H. Archer, A. E. van Wyk
Bothalia | Vol 28, No 1 | a607 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v28i1.607 | © 1998 R. H. Archer, A. E. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 October 1998 | Published: 02 October 1998

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

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A taxonomic account is given of the monotypic genus Maurocenia Mill. Maurocenia frangula Mill, has a restricted range and is endemic to the Cape Peninsula and the West Coast National Park. Western Cape. Maurocenia frangularia (L.)Mill., the species name and author citation widely used in the past, is incorrect. It is characterized by. among others, pendulous ovules and gynodioecy, rare states in the Celastraceae. Maurocenia is apparently most closely related to the southern African genus Lauridia Eckl. & Zeyh.


Cassinoideae;Celastraceae; <i>Maurocenia</i> Mill.; taxonomy; South Africa


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