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Free Content Chlorophytum burundiense (Asparagaceae), a new species from Burundi and Tanzania

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Background and aims – In the context of our preparation of the treatment of the genus Chlorophytum for the 'Flore d'Afrique centrale', a new species is described from Burundi and Tanzania.

Methods – Herbarium taxonomy and SEM of seeds.

Key resultsChlorophytum burundiense Meerts sp. nov. is described. It is a small plant < 35 cm in height, with linear leaves < 6 mm wide, a dense raceme and large, deep purplish brown bracts. It is morphologically not closely related to any other species in the genus. It has a distinct habitat, growing in afromontane grassland and scrub at 2000–2500 m a.s.l. All collections but one originate from Burundi, and a single collection originates from SW Tanzania. A determination key is provided for Chlorophytum species with linear leaves occurring in Burundi.

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Keywords: AFROMONTANE; BURUNDI; CHLOROPHYTUM; DETERMINATION KEY; NEW SPECIES; SEM; TANZANIA

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: 01 June 2011

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  • Plant Ecology and Evolution (a continuation of Belgian Journal of Botany, incorporating Systematics and Geography of Plants) is an international journal devoted to ecology, phylogenetics and systematics of all 'plant' groups in the traditional sense (including algae, cyanobacteria, fungi, myxomycetes), also covering related fields such as comparative and developmental morphology, conservation biology, ecophysiology, evolution, phytogeography, pollen and spores, population biology, and vegetation studies. It is published by the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium and the Botanic Garden Meise and contains original research papers, review articles, checklists, short communications and book reviews.

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