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The genus Waltheria in southern Africa

I. C. Verdoorn
Bothalia | Vol 13, No 3/4 | a1316 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v13i3/4.1316 | © 1981 I. C. Verdoorn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 November 1981 | Published: 10 November 1981

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I. C. Verdoorn,, South Africa

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Abstract

Waltheria indica L., the only species of Waltheria represented in southern Africa, is revised. This species, which occurs throughout the tropics and substropics of the world, is found abundantly in the northern Cape, Swaziland, northern Natal, Transvaal and northwards through South West Africa/Namibia and Botswana. Thoughout its wide distribution the species is uniform. A scrutiny o f herbarium specimens revealed that what appeared as a distinct species or subspecies was without doubt an abnormality, probably caused by insect injury.


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