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Mesanthemum tuberosum Lecomte resurrected from M. prescottianum (Bong.) Körn. (Eriocaulaceae), variation and lectotypification
- Phillips, SylviaM., Fofana, Fatoumata, Cheek, Martin
- Kew bulletin 2018 v.73 no.1 pp. 13
- Eriocaulaceae, conservation status, highlands, lectotypes, plant taxonomy, Brazil, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea
- Mesanthemum prescottianum is a West African species occurring in the uplands extending from Guinea to Ivory Coast. Variation within the species is discussed and the synonym M. tuberosum Lecomte is raised to specific status. The conservation status of the first species is assessed using the IUCN 2012 standard as Least Concern, and the second as Vulnerable. Lectotypes are selected for both names. The type location of M. prescottianum, claimed to be Brazil, is shown to be an error.