A new species of Colchicum (Colchicaceae) from southern Italy

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:Persson, K
Journal:Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie
Keywords:chromosome numbers, Colchicum, Italy, new species

A new species, Colchicum gracile (Colchicaceae), endemic to S Italy, is described. The species is slightly reminiscent of C. bivonae but differs above all in features of tunics, leaves and anthers. In addition, the chromosome number is exclusive: 2n = 80 or rarely 82. Comparisons are also made with C. neapolitanum and C. lusitanum which occur in the same general area as the new species but in different habitats.

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