Notes on the genus Amorphophallus (Araceae), 6: Six new species and two new subspecies from Africa

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1997
Authors:Ittenbach, S., Lobin W.
Journal:Willdenowia. Mitteilungen aus dem Botanischen Garten und Museum Berlin-Dahlem. Berlin-Dahlem
Start Page:147

While preparing a revision of the African species of Amorphophallus some new taxa have been recognized. A. barthlottii (Ivory Coast and Liberia), A. canaliculatus (Gabon), A. hetterscheidii (Gabon, Zaire and Central African Republic), A. impressus (Tanzania and Malawi), A. margretae (Zaire), A. richardsiae (Zambia), A. abyssinicus subsp. akeassii (Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria), and A calabaricus subsp. mayoi (Zaire, Uganda and Kenya) are described as new to science.

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The genus Amorphophallus Blume ex Decne. comprises nearly 170 species distributed from Africa and Madagascar across India and SE Asia to Australia (Hetterscheid & Ittenbach 1996). Currently the genus is revised in an international project initiated by W. L. A. Hetterscheid (Hilversum, The Netherlands), who works about the Asian species. Most recently the first author completed a revision of the African species (Ittenbach 1997). The six new species and two new subspecies recognized from Africa are published in this sixth instalment in the series of taxonomic notes on Amorphophallus. The fifth instalment is Hetterscheid & al. (1994).

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