Massonia villosa (Hyacinthaceae), a new species from the Roggeveld, Northern Cape, South Africa

Authors

  • John Manning South African National Biodiversity Institute; School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Keywords:

Hyacinthaceae, Massonia, new species, Scilloideae, southern Africa, taxonomy

Abstract

Background: Ongoing systematic studies in the African flora periodically reveal the existence of undescribed species.

Objectives: To describe the new species.

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

Results: Collections of a Massonia (Hyacinthaceae) from the escarpment near Sutherland in Northern Cape with unique, softly hairy foliage represent an undescribed species.

Conclusions: Massonia villosa J.C.Manning is a new species distinguished by the small, markedly convex leaves with recurved apex and pilose adaxial surface covered with soft, shaggy hairs up to 7 mm long and slender flowers without marked sigmoid coiling of the tepals.

Author Biography

John Manning, South African National Biodiversity Institute; School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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

School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Published

2019-06-26

How to Cite

Manning, J. (2019). Massonia villosa (Hyacinthaceae), a new species from the Roggeveld, Northern Cape, South Africa. Bothalia, African Biodiversity & Conservation, 49(1). Retrieved from https://abcjournal.org/index.php/BothaliaABC/article/view/31

Issue

Section

Original research, Reviews, Strategies, Case studies