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Published In: Plantarum vascularium genera secundum ordines ... 1: 301. 1840. (Pl. Vasc. Gen.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library
 
 

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 9/9/2010)
Acceptance : Accepted
Taxon Profile     (Last Modified On 2/24/2016)
Reference(s):
Generic Distribution: Malagasy Region endemic
Generic Species Diversity and Endemism Status: has been evaluated
No. of species in Fl. Madagasc.: 18 endemic
Accepted Published Species: 31 endemic
Estimated Undescribed Species: 9 endemic
Estimated Total Species: 40 endemic
Additional Taxonomic Work: in progress
Species Level Data Entry: complete
Notes: The genus also occurs in the Comoros, the Seychelles and on Mauritius.
The inclusion of species formerly separated as Ophiocolea is justified on both molecular and.morphological grounds (Callmander et al., 2016), However, these species were generally easily recognised by their smooth, long, narrow, cylindrical (fusiform) v the much shorter, broader fruits often bearing conspicuous, highly-developed ridges, papillae or surface protrusion of various kinds. Certain species blur this distinction, notably C. delphinensis, which was included in Ophiocolea. The fusiform-fruited spp do however represent any easily recognised group, and include the following species spp, as well as at least 2 additional undescribed spp from Madagascar, and the comorean C. comorensis: Colea ambrensis, Colea darainensis, Colea decaryi, Colea decora, Colea floribunda, Colea pauciflora and Colea velutina.
Evaluated by: M. Callmander & P.B. Phillipson (Jul 2010); M. Callmander, P.B. Phillipson & S. Buerki (Sept 2015)
Compiled or updated by: M. Callmander & P.B. Phillipson (Feb 2010; Apr 2015); Phillipson (Jan 2016)

 

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