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Published: 2020-04-28

Schoenus inconspicuus (Cyperaceae, tribe Schoeneae): a new species from Southern Africa

Bolus Herbarium, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701 Cape Town, South Africa. Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Département de sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal, 4101 Sherbrooke East, Montréal, Quebec, H1X 2B2, Canada.
Independent researcher.
Bolus Herbarium, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701 Cape Town, South Africa. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE, UK.
Monocots new species nomenclature Schoenus inconspicuus sedge species delimitations

Abstract

Schoenus is a predominately austral genus of sedges in which the Southern African taxa have recently received detailed taxonomic attention, starting with a transfer of 24 species into Schoenus from Tetraria and Epischoenus in 2017. The taxonomy of the Southern African Schoenus species is currently being revised, which has brought insight into the existence of several species new to science. Here, we build on this recent taxonomic work by describing one new species that has been previously overlooked (Schoenus inconspicuus), while including a distribution map, an assessment of conservation status and an updated identification key.