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The genus (Burseraceae) in Africa: redefinition of Le genre Santiria (Burseraceae) en Afrique: redéfinition de Santiria trimera

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The taxonomic history of Santiria Blume is reviewed. A revision of the African material available in eight major herbaria (a total of 187 specimens) is carried out. The material shows that the morphological characters of vegetative and reproductive organs, except the shape of the fruit, tremendously vary in shape, dimensions or pubescence. Intermediate states make it impossible to distinguish different taxa. Consequently, Santiria trimera (Oliv.) Aubrév. is confirmed as the only species of the genus in Africa and therefore redefined. Seven taxa are newly relegated to its synonymy.

Language: French

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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