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Bothalia - African Biodiversity & Conservation

On-line version ISSN 2311-9284
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MANNING, John C.. Massonia villosa (Hyacinthaceae), a new species from the Roggeveld, Northern Cape, South Africa. Bothalia (Online) [online]. 2019, vol.49, n.1, pp.1-4. ISSN 2311-9284.

BACKGROUND: Ongoing systematic studies in the African flora periodically reveal the existence of undescribed species OBJECTIVES: To describe the new species METHOD: Relevant literature was surveyed, and herbarium and fresh material were examined RESULTS: Collections of a Massonia (Hyacinthaceae) from the escarpment near Sutherland in Northern Cape with unique, softly hairy foliage represent an undescribed species CONCLUSIONS: Massonia villosa J.C.Manning is a new species distinguished by the small, markedly convex leaves with recurved apex and pilose adaxial surface covered with soft, shaggy hairs up to 7 mm long and slender flowers without marked sigmoid coiling of the tepals

Keywords : Hyacinthaceae; Massonia; new species; Scilloideae; southern Africa; taxonomy.

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