06 December, 2019

03 May, 2019

Huge Thanks.

I just want to say thank you to all who have helped me id my observations both in the past and (hopefully) in future. This will save me cluttering up pages with "useless" comments, but your help is REALLY appreciated. Metaphorical hugs to all.

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12 January, 2019


BRAHMS online: http://posa.sanbi.org/sanbi/Explore

A key and description of many hermannias can be found here:

Bothalia 13,1 & 2: 1-63 (1980)
Revision of Hermannia subgenus Hermannia in southern Africa


I-spot keys: including erepsia, metalasia, ferns, podalyrias and ericas amongst others.


Various: http://biodiversityadvisor.sanbi.org/research-and-modelling/identification-keys/
Conophytum: http://rpowell2.wix.com/conophytum-delta-key

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29 April, 2018

Moraea tripetala, Oh dear.

See here: https://abcjournal.org/index.php/abc/article/view/12/12

Goldblatt & Mannig.

We divide M. tripetala sensu stricto into three subspecies: widespread subsp. tripetala, subsp. violacea from the interior Cape flora region, and late-flowering subsp. jacquiniana from the Cape Peninsula and surrounding mountains.

This was published in 2015, and it seems that they got their way.

We propose recognizing nine species and three additional subspecies for plants currently assigned to M. tripetala. M. grandis, from the western Karoo, has virtually free filaments and leaves often ± plane distally; closely allied M. amabilis, also with ± free filaments and often hairy leaves, is centred in the western Karoo and Olifants River Valley. Its range overlaps that of M. cuspidata, which has narrowly channelled, smooth leaves, linear inner tepals spreading distally and filaments united for up to 1.5 mm. M. decipiens from the Piketberg, M. hainebachiana, a local endemic of coastal limestone fynbos in the Saldanha District, M. ogamana from seasonally wet lowlands, and early flowering M. mutila constitute the remaining species of the complex in the southwestern Western Cape. M. helmei, a local endemic of middle elevations in the Kamiesberg, namaqualand, has small flowers with short, tricuspidate inner tepals. All but M. amabilis and M. mutila are new species.

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