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Tamarix minoa (Tamaricaceae), a new species from the island of Crete (Greece) based on morphological and plastid molecular sequence data
- Villar, Jose L., Turland, Nicholas J., Juan, Ana, Gaskin, John F., Alonso, M. Ángeles, Crespo, Manuel B.
- Willdenowia 2015 v.45 no.2 pp. 161-172
- Tamarix, chloroplast DNA, habitats, molecular systematics, new species, nucleotide sequences, phylogeny, plant morphology, plant taxonomy, Crete, Greece
- Tamarix minoa is described from material collected on the S Aegean island of Crete (Kriti), Greece. A morphological comparison with the species considered to be closest, T. africana and T. hampeana, is provided. An original illustration showing the main morphological characters of the new species is also given, as are photographs of the new species in its habitat. The isolated phylogenetic position of T. minoa is shown to be strongly supported by plastid molecular sequence data (trnS-trnG, trnQ-rps16 and ndhF-rpl32), thus warranting its recognition at specific rank.