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A revision of Agrimonia (Rosaceae) in North and Central America


We conducted a morphological study of the Agrimonia species of North and Central America to clarify species limits and facilitate identification. We recognize eight species: A. parviflora, A. incisa, A. microcarpa, A. pubescens, A. rostellata, A. gryposepala, A. pringlei, and A. striata. A key for identification as well as descriptions of the recognized taxa with a discussion of the nomenclature and discriminating morphological characters are presented. Lectotypes are designated for A. parviflora, A. suaveolens, A. serrifolia, A. incisa, A. pumila, A. parviflora DC non Aiton, A. eupatoria δ parviflora, and A. striata. A lectotype and an epitype are designated for A. platycarpa. A neotype is designated for A. rostellata.


Hemos llevado a cabo un estudio morfológico de las especies del género Agrimonia (Rosaceae) en Norte y Centroamérica con el fin de clarificar los límites entre especies y de facilitar la identificación. Nosotros reconocemos 8 especies: A. parviflora, A. incisa, A. microcarpa, A. pubescens, A. rostellata, A. gryposepala, A. pringlei y A. striata. Se presenta una clave para la identificación como también descripciones de los taxa reconocidos con una discusión de la nomenclatura y caracteres morfológicos discriminantes. Se designa un lectotipo para A. parviflora, A. suaveolens, A. serrifolia, A. incisa, A. pumila, A. parviflora DC non Aiton, A. eupatoria δ parviflora y A. striata. Se designa un lectotipo y un epitipo para A. platycarpa. Se designa un neotipo para A. rostellata.

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We wish to thank the curators of the following herbaria for their assistance with loans and in some cases their hospitality during G. Kline’s visits: A, APCR, ARIZ, AUA, BM, BREM, BUPL, CAN, CAS, CM, CHS, CHSC, DUKE, EIU, ENCB, F, FSU, G-DC, GA, GH, HAL, HNH, ILL, ILLS, ISM, K, KANU, LAF, LSU, LSUS, MAINE, MEXU, MICH, MIN, MISS, MO, MOR, MT, NCU, ND, NEBC, NLU, NO, NY, NYS, OCLA, OS, P-MICH, PH, PR, PRC, RSA, SBBG, SD, SDSU, SIU, SMU, TEX, TRT, UBC, UC, UCR, UMO, UNA, US, USCH, VDB, VT, W, WARK, WMI, WIS, and Z. Curators at B, BR, C, CGG, GOET, JE, KIEL, and L kindly searched for original material for us. We particularly thank curators at G, P, PH, PR, PRC, and W for sending us digital photographs of type specimens. C. Aupic at P, P. Triskova at PRC, and A. Farjon at K kindly provided additional information on type specimens or type sheets. E. Wood at Harvard University Herbaria has generously assisted with information and a type photocopy. S. Cafferty and C. Jarvis at BM confirmed Solander’s handwriting on the lectotype of Agrimonia parviflora and assisted in confirming the collection as original material. John Wiersma provided needed advice on a nomenclatural issue. We thank T. Gaither, L. Gawin, K. Gregg, N. Naruhashi, S. Leonard, L. Magrath, J. Pringle, S. Rumyantsev, C. Sweeney, and W. Weber for the seeds and plants sent to us. G. Kline has been generously assisted in the field by C. Hansen, S. Leonard, and C. Morton. We thank M. A. Previtali and J. Bacon for the Spanish abstract translation. We appreciate the excellent production of the illustrations by Barbara Ball. Lawrence Kelly, James Macklin, and another reviewer greatly improved this paper with their suggestions and criticisms.

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Kline, G.J., Sørensen, P.D. A revision of Agrimonia (Rosaceae) in North and Central America. Brittonia 60, 11–33 (2008).

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