A new species of Ferula (Apiaceae) from Malta

Cristina Maria Bernardina Salmeri, Cristian Brullo, Gianpietro Giusso Del Galdo, Salvatore Brullo, Salvatore Cambria, Gianluigi Bacchetta

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Ferula melitensis, a new species from the Malta Archipelago, is described and illustrated. It belongs to the taxonomic groupof F. communis, showing close relationships mainly with F. tunetana, F. arrigonii, F. communis s.str. and F. glauca, fromwhich it differs in several features regarding the stem, leaves (mainly for shape and size of terminal segments), flowersand mericarps; other significant differences regard the ecology and phenology. The investigations, carried out on livingplants, herbarium material and literature data, regard the morphological analysis of vegetative and reproductive structures,the anatomy of terminal leaf segments and mericarps, as well as the shape and size of seedlings. Previous phylogenetic approaches,based on nuclear and plastidial genome, have allowed to clarify better the relationships among F. melitensis andthe other species of this group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-88
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science


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