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Manning J.C.,South African National Biodiversity Institute | Manning J.C.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | Helme N.A.,P.O. Box 22652
South African Journal of Botany | Year: 2014

Frankenia fruticosa J.C.Manning & Helme is a new species endemic to the Knersvlakte near Lutzville in Western Cape, South Africa. It is unique among the southern African species in its gnarled, woody habit, the plants forming compact dwarf shrubs up to 35. cm high, with small, sausage-shaped leaves, 1.5-2.5. mm long. The calyx is densely puberulous and the narrow petals, ±. 8. mm long, have the blade scarcely wider than the claws, with the apex of the ligule merging into the blade, and the ovary has six ovules, a pair near the base of each of three parietal placentas. We provide an updated key to the southern African species of Frankenia. © 2014 South African Association of Botanists.


Manning J.C.,South African National Biodiversity Institute | Manning J.C.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | Helme N.A.,P.O. Box 22652
South African Journal of Botany | Year: 2014

Amphiglossa foliosa J.C.Manning & N.A. Helme is a new species endemic to the greater Knersvlakte between Nuwerus and Klawer in Western Cape. It is diagnosed by its sprawling, laxly leafy stems with relatively large, oblanceolate leaves 8-15. ×. (2-) 3-7. mm, thinly tomentose bracts, the inner with dark, wine-red apical appendages, and the relatively numerous florets, 9 to 12 per capitulum. It is most likely to be confused with Amphiglossa celans from coastal Namaqualand between Garies and Kotzesrus, which shares the strongly bicoloured involucres but has distinctive, wiry, strongly flexuose branches with divaricately spreading flowering branchlets, linear or narrowly elliptic leaves mostly 3-8. ×. 1.5. mm, densely tomentose involucres with the outer bracts joined together by matted hairs, and 5 florets per capitulum. © 2014 South African Association of Botanists.


Boatwright J.S.,University of the Western Cape | Helme N.A.,PO Box 22652
South African Journal of Botany | Year: 2014

The new species Wiborgiella argentea is described. It is closely similar to Wiborgiella leipoldtiana and W. fasciculata but differs in its single-stemmed habit, densely sericeous leaves, wing petals that are longer than the keel and details of the fruit. It is known from the Robertson area where it occurs in Robertson Karoo, on rocky, south facing shale slopes. © 2014 South African Association of Botanists.


Linder H.P.,University of Zürich | Helme N.A.,PO Box 22652
South African Journal of Botany | Year: 2015

The new species Elegia namaquense is similar to the widespread Elegia tectorum but differs strikingly in its well-developed rhizomes, smaller flowers and sparser female inflorescences, and in the indehiscent unilocular fruit (nutlet). It is the only species of Elegia found on the Namaqualand coastal plain and the only Restionaceae species endemic to Namaqualand Sand Fynbos. © 2015 South African Association of Botanists.


Karis P.O.,University of Stockholm | Helme N.A.,P.O. Box 22652
South African Journal of Botany | Year: 2012

The new species Metalasia namaquana is described from the Kamiesberg, a well known centre of plant endemism in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The species is most similar to Metalasia fastigiata and Metalasia albescens. The morphology, ecology and conservation status of the new species are discussed. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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