Brittonia

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 346–352

A new species of Illicium subsection Parviflora (Illiciaceae) from the Massif de la Hotte, Haiti

  • Angela Guerrero
  • Walter S. Judd
  • Ashley B. Morris

Abstract

Illicium hottense, a new species, is here described from the floristically diverse Massif de la Hotte of southern Haiti. It is compared to related species, especiallyI. ekmanii, with which it has previously been confused.Illicium hottense andI. ekmanii are members ofIllicium subsectionParviflora, a group that comprises four species, all endemic to peninsular Florida (I. parviflorum) or the Greater Antilles: Cuba (I. cubense) and Hispaniola (I. ekmanii, andI. hottense). The subsection is characterized by its distinctive laminar-carnose, ovoid stamens; all have trisyncolpate pollen.Illicium hottense is similar toI. ekmanii andI. parviflorum in having flowers with ten to thirteen carpels and six to less commonly eight stamens, but differs from both in its strongly papillose outer tepals and consistently acute leaves. In addition, its leaves lack the strong anise fragrance ofI. parviflorum. Finally, molecular data provide support for recognizingI. hottense as a species distinct fromI. ekmanii.

Key words

Illicium Illiciaceae Haiti Hispaniola Massif de la Hotte 

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Copyright information

© The New York Botanical Garden Press 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Guerrero
    • 1
  • Walter S. Judd
    • 1
  • Ashley B. Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleU.S.A.

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