Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 205, Issue 3–4, pp 241–264 | Cite as

Anchusella, a new genus ofBoraginaceae from the Central-Eastern Mediterranean

  • Massimo Bigazzi
  • Enio Nardi
  • Federico Selvi
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Abstract

The two closely related speciesLycopsis variegata andAnchusa cretica, formerly placed inAnchusa subg.Rivinia, were compared with the type species ofLycopsis andAnchusa, on the basis of a set of macro and microcharacters. The presence of only two fertile stamens as well as other peculiar characters in flower structure, androecium, gynoecium, pollen and fruit, supports the institution of the new genusAnchusella, consisting ofA. variegata andA. cretica. Karyological and eco-chorological aspects are consistent with morphological data in pointing to the autonomy of this genus, which appears characterized by autapomorphic, advanced traits.

Key words

Boraginaceae Boragineae Anchusella A. variegata A. cretica Lycopsis Anchusa Mediterranean flora macromorphology micromorphology karyology taxonomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Bigazzi
    • 1
  • Enio Nardi
    • 1
  • Federico Selvi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia Vegetale dell' UniversitàFirenzeItaly

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