Nomenclatural Change

Moraea orthrosantha (Iridaceae: Irideae), a new species from Namaqualand, South Africa

Peter Goldblatt, John C. Manning
Bothalia | Vol 44, No 1 | a132 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v44i1.132 | © 2014 Peter Goldblatt, John C. Manning | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 March 2014 | Published: 04 July 2014

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Peter Goldblatt, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, United States of America and Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
John C. Manning, Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Compton Herbarium, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Recent fieldwork in Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa,indicated the existence of an undescribed member of Moraea subgenus (subg.) Umbellatae Goldblatt & J.C.Manning, a small, early branching clade of the genus.

Objectives: To describe the new species of Moraea subg. Umbellatae.

Method: Recent collections were compared with existing material and published literature.

Results: Moraea orthrosantha is described as a new species, differing from Moraea margaretae inthe well-developed nodes between the cauline leaves. Two earlier collections of the species weremisidentified as M. margaretae.

Conclusion: The new species increases our understanding of the diversity of Moraea in southernAfrica and assists in conservation assessments of both M. margaretae and M. orthrosantha.


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