Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 166, Issue 3–4, pp 249–252 | Cite as

Cyclamen (Primulaceae) in tropical Africa

  • Mats Thulin
  • Ahmed Mumin Warfa


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

Angiosperms Primulaceae Cyclamen C. somalense Taxonomy phytogeography Mediterranean floristic element Flora of Somalia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mats Thulin
    • 1
  • Ahmed Mumin Warfa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Systematic BotanyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Faculty of AgricultureSomali National UniversityMogadishuSomalia

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