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Nomenclatural changes and additions to the genus Ophioglossum in Africa (Ophioglossaceae: Pteridophyta)

J. E. Burrows, T. J. Edwards
Bothalia | Vol 23, No 2 | a801 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v23i2.801 | © 1993 J. E. Burrows, T. J. Edwards | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 1993 | Published: 10 October 1993

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J. E. Burrows,, South Africa
T. J. Edwards, UN/FRD Research Unit for Plant Growth and Development. Depart­ment of Botany, University of Natal, South Africa

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Recent research has necessitated a review of the nomenclature of the genus Ophioglossum in Africa. This paper establishes a new species, O. caroticaule J. E. Burrows, a new subspecies, O. vulgatum L. subsp. africanum Pocock ex J. E. Burrows, and a change in status, O. latifolium (Prantl) J.E. Burrows (basionym: O. gomezianum var.  latifolium Prantl). Lectotypification is provided for O. gracillimum Welw. ex Hook. & Bak., O. lusoafricanum Welw. ex Prantl, O. latifolium (Prantl) J.E. Burrows, and 0. rubellum Welw. ex A. Braun. Nomenclatural problems in O. lancifolium Presl are discussed.


Africa; new combination; new species; <i>Ophioglossum</i>; Pteridophyta, taxonomy


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