Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 166, Issue 3, pp 249–252

Cyclamen (Primulaceae) in tropical Africa


  • Mats Thulin
    • Department of Systematic BotanyUppsala University
  • Ahmed Mumin Warfa
    • Faculty of AgricultureSomali National University

DOI: 10.1007/BF00935953

Cite this article as:
Thulin, M. & Warfa, A.M. Pl Syst Evol (1989) 166: 249. doi:10.1007/BF00935953


Cyclamen somalenseThulin & Warfa, spec. nova, the first member of the genus known from tropical Africa, is described from the Al Miskat Mts in NE. Somalia. The new species is closely related to the E. MediterraneanC. persicumMill. The disjunct Mediterranean element in the mountain flora of northern Somalia, to whichC. somalense belongs, is believed to be largely a relict of Tertiary origin.

Key words

AngiospermsPrimulaceaeCyclamenC. somalenseTaxonomyphytogeographyMediterranean floristic elementFlora of Somalia
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