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Published: 2021-09-23

Rigiolepis argentii (Ericaceae): a new species from Sulawesi, Indonesia

Program Studi Biologi, Fakultas Teknik, Universitas Samudra, Jl. Prof. Dr. Syarief Thayeb, Meurandeh, Langsa Lama, Langsa, Aceh 24416, Indonesia.
Research Center for Plant Conservation, National Research and Innovation Agency, Jln. Ir. H. Juanda No. 13, Bogor 16612, Indonesia.
endemic Ericales Wallacea taxonomy Eudicots


A new species of Rigiolepis (Ericaceae) from the island of Sulawesi, R. argentii Mustaqim & Ardi, is described. The new species is known from three locations, two in Sulawesi Selatan Province (Mount Sesean in Toraja Utara Regency and Eran Batu in Enrekang Regency) and one in Sulawesi Barat Province (Mamasa Regency). This species is similar to R. moultonii (Merr.) J.J. Sm., but differs by the persistent hairs on the abaxial surfaces of the leaves, the basal marginal glands in a shorter distance (1–2 mm) to from the petiole, bracteoles borne on the lower half of the pedicels, cup-shaped calyx tube, longer filaments (2 mm), and cupular fruits.


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