A taxonomic revision of the genus Cynorhiza (Apiaceae: Apioideae)

A. R. Magee, B. E. Van Wyk, P. M. Tilney

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The recently reinstated genus Cynorhiza Eckl. and Zeyh. is revised. It includes three summer-deciduous species two of which were hitherto placed in the genus Peucedanum L., namely C. typica Eckl. and Zeyh., C. meifolia (Eckl. and Zeyh.) A.R.Magee and a new species, C. bolusii A.R.Magee and B.-E.van Wyk. The species are easily distinguished by a combination of both leaf and fruit morphological characters. Possible phylogenetic relationships within the genus were explored using a cladistic analysis of anatomical and morphological characters, the results of which suggests that C. bolusii and C. meifolia are sister taxa. A formal taxonomic treatment is presented, including a key to the species, correct nomenclature, typifications, descriptions and geographical distributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-734
Number of pages9
JournalSouth African Journal of Botany
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


  • Apiaceae
  • Cynorhiza
  • New species
  • Peucedanum
  • South Africa
  • Taxonomic revision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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