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Studies in the liverwort genus Fossombronia (Metzgeriales) from southern Africa. 3. An amendment to F. spinifolia

S. M. Perold
Bothalia | Vol 27, No 1 | a651 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v27i1.651 | © 1997 S. M. Perold | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 October 1997 | Published: 07 October 1997

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S. M. Perold, National Botanical Institute, South Africa

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Fossombronia spinifolia was described by Stephani (1900) from a specimen collected by Breutel at Genadendal (Gnadenthal) during his visit to the Cape, which lasted from November 1853 to April 1854 (Gunn & Codd 1981). This species was not adequately described and illustrated by Stephani or by subsequent workers. Moreover, Scott & Pike (1987) misapplied the epithet,  F. spinifolia, to specimens Amell had identified as  F. leucoxantha, because they (Scott & Pike 1988) overlooked a capsule with ripe spores in the type specimen. An attempt is hereby made to describe and illustrate this species in greater detail in order to prevent more confusion in future.


<i>Fossombronia</i>; <i>F. spinifolia</i>; Hepaticae; Metzgeriales; southern Africa


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