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, 70:39 | Cite as

Preliminary synopsis of the genus Hebecarpa (Polygalaceae)

  • J. Richard Abbott
  • José Floriano B. Pastore
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Summary

As traditionally circumscribed, the genus Polygala has been shown to be non-monophyletic, and most of the necessary generic combinations have been made for the New World species. The genus Hebecarpa, though, still needs to be addressed, as only eight species have been transferred. Even though over 65 names within Polygala are referable to Hebecarpa, preliminary study indicates that more than half the names are likely not worthy of taxonomic recognition, but careful revisionary study is necessary for fully sorting out the species and accurate synonymisation. To make the most accurate names available for modern workers, we here transfer 11 names (and associated synonyms) which we think most likely reflect discreet evolutionary lineages (species), bringing the total number of Hebecarpa species to 19. Forty-one additional names in Polygala that are attributable to Hebecarpa are enumerated but left for synonymisation or transfer after more study.

Key Words

new combinations nomenclature Polygala 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Dr Barbara S. Carlsward (EIU) for assistance with composing the plate, and to Dr Kurt M. Neubig (SIU) for molecular lab work and phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequences that shed some light on our taxonomic understanding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Richard Abbott
    • 1
  • José Floriano B. Pastore
    • 2
  1. 1.Missouri Botanical GardenSaint LouisU.S.A.
  2. 2.Universidade Federal de Santa CatarinaCuritibanosBrazil

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