Original Research

The generic delimitation of Lachnaea and Cryptadenia (Thymelaeaceae)

J. B. P. Beyers, J. J. A. van der Walt
Bothalia | Vol 25, No 1 | a713 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v25i1.713 | © 1995 J. B. P. Beyers, J. J. A. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 1995 | Published: 09 October 1995

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J. B. P. Beyers, National Botanical Institute, South Africa
J. J. A. van der Walt, Department of Botany, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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The current generic delimitation of Lachnaea L. and  Cryptadenia Meisn. was investigated. A multidisciplinary approach was followed. This included a study of the habit, phyllotaxis, morphology and anatomy of the leaves and flowers, pollen morphology and karyology.

No major differences were found between the two genera. The range of variation of certain diagnostic characters of these genera is such that the genera merge into each other. It was concluded that the two genera are congeneric and the inclusion of Cryptadenia within Lachnaea is proposed.


<i>Cryptadenia</i>; generic delimitation; <i>Lachnaea</i>; Thymelaeaceae


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