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Notes on the genus Frithia (Mesembryanthemaceae) and the descrip­tion of a new species, E humilis, in South Africa

P. M. Burgoyne, G. F. Smith, F. du Plessis
Bothalia | Vol 30, No 1 | a531 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v30i1.531 | © 2000 P. M. Burgoyne, G. F. Smith, F. du Plessis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 September 2000 | Published: 03 February 2000

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P. M. Burgoyne, National Botanical Institute., South Africa
G. F. Smith, National Botanical Institute., South Africa
F. du Plessis, Department of Botany, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Frithia N.E.Br (Mesembryanthemaceae), formerly thought to be a monotypic genus, has been found to comprise two species. Populations from the eastern parts of the distribution range of Frithia pulchra N.E.Br. are recognised as a distinct species,  Frithia humilis PM Burgoyne The genus has a limited distribution, although present in three provinces of South Africa, namely Gauteng, North-West and Mpumalanga. The two window-leaved species are allopatnc and morphological differences between the roots, leaves, flowers, pollen, capsules and seeds are discussed. A formal description of the new species, an identification key and a distribution map of the two species are provided.


Frithia N.E.Br.; Mesembryanthemaceae; new species; South Africa; summer rainfall mesembs; taxonomy; window plants


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