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Published: 2021-09-07

A new species of Crassula (Crassulaceae subfam. Crassuloideae), C. stylesii, from the Maputaland-Pondoland Region of Endemism in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Department of Botany, Nelson Mandela University, P.O. Box 77000 Gqeberha [Port Elizabeth], 6031 South Africa.
Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Directorate, South African National Biodiversity Institute, P.O. Box 52099, Berea Road, Durban, 4007 South Africa. School of Chemistry & Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 4041 South Africa.
Crassula obovata Crassula sect. Rosulares Crassula setulosa Eudicots

Abstract

A new species of Crassula (Crassulaceae subfam. Crassuloideae), C. stylesii that belongs in C. sect. Rosulares, is described from the Maputaland-Pondoland Region of Endemism in KwaZulu-Natal in southeastern South Africa. Crassula stylesii shows similarities with the autonymic varieties of C. setulosa and C. obovata. However, it grows taller than both these species, and pseudo-rosettes do not develop basally in the case of C. stylesii, but are characteristically present in both C. setulosa and C. obovata, particularly the former. Crassula stylesii is illustrated and differences among the three species are tabulated.

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