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Three subspecies of Pelargonium laevigatum (Geraniaceae)

C. M. van Wyk (née Schoken), J. J. A. van der Walt
Bothalia | Vol 25, No 2 | a722 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v25i2.722 | © 1995 C. M. van Wyk (née Schoken), J. J. A. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 1995 | Published: 09 October 1995

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C. M. van Wyk (née Schoken), National Botanical Institute, South Africa
J. J. A. van der Walt, Department of Botany. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Pelargonium laevigatum (L. f.) Willd. is a variable species. The macromorphology, anatomy of the leaves, chromosome numbers and geographical distribution of the species were studied, and it is concluded that three subspecies should be distinguished. The subsp. diversifolium (Wendl.) Schonken stat. nov. and subsp. oxyphyllum (DC.) Schonken stat. nov. were originally described as species. A key to identify the three subspecies, a distribution map. and illustrations of the macromor- phological characters as well as anatomical features of the leaves, are provided.


Geraniaceae; <i>Pelargonium laevigatum</i>; subspecies; taxonomy


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