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Hibbertia subvillosa, a new Western Australian species segregated from H. striata

K.R. Thiele [1,2*] & T.A. Hammer [3,4]

Abstract:

Hibbertia striata (Steud.) K.R.Thiele was reinstated in 2017, segregated from the historically misunderstood H. huegelii (Endl.) F.Muell. Since that time, field work has shown that plants of H. striata from the eastern (drier) edge of the range are consistently single-stemmed at the base and are obligate reseeders after fire and other disturbances, in contrast to the more widespread type form which is abundantly multi-stemmed from the base and is a resprouter after fire. The difference in habit is consistent, has been observed at multiple locations and is consistently associated with distinct (though subtle) differences in leaf indumentum and morphology. Field work has shown that the two morphotypes do not intergrade where they approach each other; they are regarded here as distinct species. The reseeding form has a validly published name, H. huegelii (Endl.) F.Muell. var. subvillosa Domin, and this is raised here to species rank as Hibbertia subvillosa (Domin) K.R.Thiele & Hammer.

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26/12/20

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