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Published: 2017-12-08

Typifications and taxonomic notes for Veronica subgen. Pseudolysimachium (Plantaginaceae) based on material from the Hungarian Natural History Museum Budapest (BP)

Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky-University, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany
Botanical Department, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Könyves Kálmán körút 40, H-1087 Budapest, Hungary
Botanical Department, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Könyves Kálmán körút 40, H-1087 Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Pseudolysimachium typification Veronica Eudicots

Abstract

Veronica subgen. Pseudolysimachium is a group of 30 species ranging across northern Eurasia in various open habitats from dry steppe to swamps. It includes several horticulturally important species that have been crossed in the past. As such, it exemplifies a group with long taxonomic tradition, exemplified by more than 600 valid names, which also indicates its variability. In the process of identifying the evolutionary important units, molecular markers have started to help immensely. However, assigning names to identified significant groups of populations has been hindered by problems in typification. Here, we try to alleviate the problem for the taxa in southeastern Europe, which have been analyzed rigorously using AFLP fingerprints in the past, by lectotypifying 11 names and neotypifying four names, mostly based on specimens found in the Hungarian Natural History Museum Budapest (BP). This allowed revising Veronica barrelieri with its three subspecies and synonyms.