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Free Content Barleria superata (Acanthaceae): a new suffruticose herb endemic to Burundi

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Background – A new species of Barleria (Acanthaceae) from Burundi is described as a part of on-going taxonomic research on the tropical African members of this large genus of c. 250–300 species.

Methods – Standard herbarium practices were applied.

Key resultsBarleria superata I. Darbysh., a new species within section Somalia endemic to the fire-prone woodlands of Burundi, is described and illustrated. This species falls within a group of closely allied Tanzanian species: B. diplotricha I. Darbysh. & Ndang., B. mpandensis I. Darbysh. and B. limnogeton S. Moore; it is most closely related to the foremost from which it differs in lacking a tomentellous indumentum throughout and in the leaves being proportionately narrower. This species is provisionally assessed as Vulnerable (VU D2) using IUCN criteria.

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Keywords: BARLERIA DIPLOTRICHA; BARLERIA LIMONGETON; BARLERIA MPANDENSIS; BARLERIA SUPERATA; BURUNDI; FIRE-PRONE WOODLANDS; SECTION SOMALIA; SUFFRUTEX

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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