Lithospermum sylvestre (Boraginaceae): A new species from the Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Authors

  • James Cohen Applied Biology Program, Kettering University
  • John Manning South African National Biodiversity Institute
  • Doug Euston-Brown Scarborough, South Africa

Keywords:

Boraginaceae, Lithospermum sylvestre, new species, South Africa, taxonomy

Abstract

Background: Recent field work in the Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape, resulted in several collections of an unknown species of Lithospermum (Boraginaceae), a genus that is taxonomically relatively poorly understood in southern Africa.

Objectives: To describe the Baviaanskloof collections and characterise them against currently known species of Lithospermum.

Method: Relevant literature was surveyed and herbarium and fresh material was examined.

Results: Recent collections of Lithospermum from the Baviaanskloof Mountains in Eastern Cape represent an undescribed species.

Conclusion: Lithospermum sylvestre J.Cohen & J.C.Manning is a new species recognised by its well-branched stems with adpressed-scabrid pubescence, and relatively long-tubed flowers with long styles that are ± as long as the corolla tube and only shortly included within it.

Author Biographies

James Cohen, Applied Biology Program, Kettering University

Applied Biology Program, Kettering University, Flint, United States

John Manning, South African National Biodiversity Institute

Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Cape Town, South Africa

Published

2019-06-25

How to Cite

Cohen, J. ., Manning, J. ., & Euston-Brown, D. . (2019). Lithospermum sylvestre (Boraginaceae): A new species from the Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Bothalia, African Biodiversity & Conservation, 49(1). Retrieved from https://abcjournal.org/index.php/BothaliaABC/article/view/30

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Section

Original research, Reviews, Strategies, Case studies