Aloe sanguinalis, a new red Aloe from Somaliland

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  • February 14, 2019
  • Aloe sanguinalis, or Somali Red Aloe, forms large, conspicuous clumps and has blood red sap. Its can easily be spotted from the road, but the species has only just been named and described in the open access journal PhytoKeys. It remains a mystery how this beautiful and showy aloe species has remained undescribed by science […]

    Brazil-endemic plant genus Mcvaughia highlights diversity in a unique biome

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  • February 12, 2019
  • The small genus is found exclusively in the recently recognized Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests biome. A new species of the Brazil-endemic small genus Mcvaughia is described as part of a extended revision of this unique group. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Mcvaughia is a genus of the plant family Malpighiaceae comprising just three known species, all […]

    Sticky and heavily armed, a tomato-relative is the new ‘star’ of the Brazilian inselbergs

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  • November 20, 2018
  • Armed with long thorns and sticky stems, newly described plant Solanum kollastrummight look like a villain by plant standards, but a closer look on this curious new species will reveal its star-like nature in the context of its ecosystem. Recently described in open access journal PhytoKeys, this newly discovered tomato relative boasts stems densely armed with prickles […]

    An overlooked giant: useful and abundant, African ‘Zam’ palm newly described for science

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  • November 8, 2018
  • Common sight along road sides in south Cameroon and western Gabon, and growing in hard-to-be-missed dense colonies, it remains a mystery how this locally useful new palm species Raphia zamiana (locally known as “Zam”) has been missed by botanists until now, with its first collection dating to 2012. The overlooked giant has been recently described […]

    Described 28 years post-collection, new grass species makes a strong case for conservation

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  • July 6, 2018
  • Originally collected 28 years ago in Ecuador, new species Poa laegaardiana has been just described, only to find out its prospects for surviving in its type location seem bleak nowadays. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. When roaming in the Cordillera de los Andes of Ecuador, near the village of Facundo Vela, little did Smithsonian scientist and author, […]

    Science and Twitter join forces to uncover a globally imperiled plant species

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  • April 17, 2018
  • What happens when researchers and social media combine forces in the name of science? A rare wildflower from the US and a team of Twitter-savvy botanists tell us a tale of symbiosis between science and modern technology. While hunting for the Pennsylvania state-endangered golden corydalis on steep 350-foot cliffs for a new episode of his YouTube video […]

    Unusual properties within the grass genus Diplachne

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  • January 30, 2018
  • The grass genus Diplachne only includes two species, but it the does not fall short when it comes to remarkable features. It was precisely this affinity to the unusual displayed by the nearly worldwide genus that inspired Dr Neil Snow and his co-authors to delve deeper in a dedicated monograph published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Occuring widely on […]

    Untangling the complex taxonomic history of a Neotropical liana genus

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  • January 29, 2018
  • While untangling the complex taxonomy of Neotropical liana genus Pachyptera, scientists Ms. Jéssica Nayara Carvalho Francisco and Dr. Lúcia Garcez Lohmann from the University of São Paulo used integrative taxonomy to help them recognize five well-defined species, one of which newly described from Colombia and Venezuela. The monograph study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. How […]