Kew Bulletin

, 71:56 | Cite as

Kericodon (Campanulaceae s.s.), a new monotypic wahlenbergioid genus from South Africa

  • Christopher N. CupidoEmail author
  • Frans M. Weitz


Evidence is presented to support the exclusion of Prismatocarpus crispus from Prismatocarpus and placing it in a new monotypic genus, Kericodon. It is distinct from Prismatocarpus in its annual growth form, three or rarely two or four pairs of style glands, capsule dehiscence via numerous longitudinal segments not corresponding to the calyx lobes, pericarp sclerenchyma arranged in discrete bundles and a rugose-like Type 1E seed coat sculpturing pattern. The closely related P. hildebrandtii is placed in synonymy with Kericodon crispus.

Key Words

New taxon pericarp anatomy Prismatocarpus crispus seed coat Wahlenbergia Western Cape 



We would like to acknowledge Lyle Vorsatz, Dylan Moodaley, Randall Josephs and Robert Andrews, biodiversity students at the University of the Western Cape, for their help in the anatomical study; Tracey Nowell for the line drawings; Michelle Smith for the map; and nature conservation agencies of the Western and Northern Cape for providing collecting permits.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South African National Biodiversity Institute, Compton HerbariumClaremontSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Biodiversity and Conservation BiologyUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa

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