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Open Access On Ranunculus aspromontanus (Ranunculaceae) and its taxonomic relationship

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Based on plants from the locus classicus, the type and other herbarium material, Ranunculus aspromontanus, usually related to the SW Mediterranean R. spicatus group, is shown by morphological and karyological investigations to be closely allied to the NW Mediterranean R. monspeliacus. Whereas the hitherto unknown chromosome number of 2n = 16 is common in the R. spicata group and R. monspeliacus, the combination of deflexed sepals at anthesis and a beak equalling the nutlet in length is decisive for the relationship to the latter species. Closer morphological comparison revealed that R. aspromontanus is best treated as a subspecies of R. monspeliacus. The corresponding combination is validated.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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  • Willdenowia is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing original research papers in English from the entire fields of plant, algal and fungal systematics, covering the evolution, taxonomy and nomenclature of these organisms as well as related fields such as floristics and plant geography. Three issues appear each year (in April, August and December) in an open-access online edition and a print edition. Individual papers may be published in the online edition as fast-track articles ahead of inclusion in these issues.

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