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Wadithamnus, a new monotypic genus in Amaranthaceae

TIMOTHY A. HAMMER, ROBERT W. DAVIS, KEVIN R. THIELE

Abstract


A new monotypic genus from near-coastal areas of Oman and Yemen is here described and named Wadithamnus. The generitype is Wadithamnus artemisioides comb. nov. (basionym Aerva artemisioides). On the basis of morphology, W. artemisioides can be separated from Aerva on the basis of its 3(–7)-flowered cymes and flowers with two outer and four inner tepals, and four stamens alternating with the inner tepals. Molecular data (nuclear ITS and chloroplast trnKmatK sequences) confirm Wadithamnus as a distinct genus outside Aerva, the latter marker placing it at a basal position to the achyranthoid clade. The name Aerva artemisioides is lectotypified on a specimen preserved at WU.


Keywords


Aerva, flora of Arabia, new combination, taxonomy, typification, Eudicots

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.295.2.5

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ISSN 1179-3155 (print); ISSN 1179-3163 (online)

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand