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Oxalis simplicifolia (Oxalidaceae), an unusual new unifoliolate species from the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)

Author(s): David Lorence | Warren Wagner

Journal: PhytoKeys
ISSN 1314-2011

Volume: 4;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Conservation | French Polynesia | Marquesas Islands | Oxalis | Oxalidaceae | unifoliolate

Oxalis simplicifolia Lorence & W. L. Wagner sp. nov., a new species from the Marquesas Islands (Ua Huka) is described and illustrated. It differs from the other Marquesas species, O. gagneorum, insimple, unifoliolate glabrous leaves, minutely glandular-puberulent calyx lobes, shorter corolla lobes, erect capsules, and smaller seeds. As its habitat is under serious threat from human impact, feral animals, and weeds, we concluded this new species should be added to the IUCN Red List as critically endangered (CR).
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