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A review of the genus Curtisia (Curtisiaceae)

E. YU Yembaturova, B-E. van Wyk, P. M. Tilney
Bothalia | Vol 39, No 1 | a232 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v39i1.232 | © 2009 E. YU Yembaturova, B-E. van Wyk, P. M. Tilney | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 August 2009 | Published: 11 August 2009

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E. YU Yembaturova, Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johan­nesburg Present address: Department of Botany, Russian State Agrarian Uni­ versity—K A Timiryazev MSKHA, ul Timiryazevskaya. 49 Moscow 127550, Russian Federation., South Africa
B-E. van Wyk, Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johan­nesburg Present address: Department of Botany, Russian State Agrarian Uni­ versity—K A Timiryazev MSKHA, ul Timiryazevskaya. 49 Moscow 127550, Russian Federation.
P. M. Tilney, Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johan­nesburg

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Abstract

A review of the monotypic southern African endemic genus Curtisia Aiton is presented. Detailed studies of the fruit and seed structure provided new evidence in support of a close relationship between the family Curtisiaceae and Comaceae. Comparisons with several other members of the Comales revealed carpological similarities to certain species of Comus s.I., sometimes treated as segregate genera Dendrobenthamia Hutch, and Benthamidia Spach. We also provide information on the history of the assegai tree, Curtisia dentata (Burm.f.) C.A.Sm. and its uses, as well as a formal taxonomic revision, including nomenclature, typification, detailed description and geographical distribution.


Keywords

anatomy; Comaceae; Curtisiaceae; Curtisia dentata (Burm.f.) C.A.Sm.; revision; southern Africa

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