Limonium carvalhoi (Plumbaginaceae), a new endemic species from the Balearic Islands
Keywords:Plumbaginaceae, Limonium, taxonomy, Balearic Islands
Limonium carvalhoi Rosselló & L. Sáez is described from a single salt marsh locality in southwest Majorca. Morphologically, L. carvalhoi is close to L. inexpectans, L. migjornense and L. magallufianum, all Balearic endemics. The new species has an apomictic breeding system and shows a single pollen/stigma combination (B/papillate type). Chromosome number ranges from 2n = 24 to 2n = 26. Based on the occurrence of a long metacentric chromosome in all cells examined, it is suggested that the original chromosome complement is 2n = 26, the other chromosome numbers being derived by descending aneuploidy.
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