Ledebouria weberi (Asparaguceae, Massoniinae), a new species from the Western Cape, South Africa

Van Jaarsveld, Ernst, and Venter, Stephanus (2019) Ledebouria weberi (Asparaguceae, Massoniinae), a new species from the Western Cape, South Africa. Phytotaxa, 408 (4). pp. 283-288.

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A new species of Ledebouria is described and illustrated from near Greyton in the Western Cape of South Africa. It consists of dense clusters of plants, bearing semi-succulent linear-elliptic to linear-ovate leaves that are appressed to the ground, and with 12 distinct pale whitish green ridges with glandular hairs. Ledebouria weberi is morphologically similar to Ledebouria corrugata in having lines of papillae on the adaxial lamina surface, and soil particles adhering to the leaf surfaces. However, L. weberi is distinguished from L. corrugata in having only 12 rows of ridges with three-lobed tongue-shaped trichomes vs 30–40 broken rows with obtuse papillae, a flaccid inflorescence vs an erect inflorescence, longer peduncle and pedicel, smaller tepals, longer stamens and smaller ovary. Ledebouria weberi is known from several gatherings made by Wolfgang Weber since 2000. Plants grow in full sun on lateritic gravel flats.

Item ID: 58907
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1179-3163
Keywords: Hyacinthaceae, Monocots, Scilloideae, taxonomy
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Copyright Information: © 2019 Magnolia Press
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 23:51
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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