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Bituminaria basaltica (Fabaceae), a new species from Italy

PIETRO MINISSALE, CRISTIAN BRULLO, SALVATORE BRULLO, GIANPIETRO GIUSSO DEL GALDO, SAVERIO SCIANDRELLO

Abstract


Bituminaria basaltica is described and illustrated from Filicudi, an islet of the Aeolian Archipelago (Sicily, Italy). This new species, belonging to a small genus of Fabaceae occurring in the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands, is morphologically distinct from the other taxa in the following features: leaf shape and size, inflorescence size, petal colour, size and shape of flowers, pods and seeds. Its relationships with the known species of Bituminaria are examined and a key to the genus is provided.


Keywords


Aeolian Archipelago, endemic flora, fodder grass, Mediterranean Basin, taxonomy



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.98.1.1

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

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand