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Xalapa, Ver. México. Junio 2008.

20 junio, 2008

A new species of Ceratozamia (Zamiaceae) from Oaxaca, Mexico with comments on habitat and relationships

VOVIDES, ANDREW P.;
PÉREZ-FARRERA, MIGUEL A.;
GONZÁLEZ-ASTORGA, JORGE;
IGLESIAS, CARLOS
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society157 (2): 169-175, June 2008.

Abstract: Ceratozamia chimalapensis sp. nov. is described and illustrated. It is related to C. mirandae Vovides, Pérez-Farrera & Iglesias from Chiapas, but differs in trunk and peduncle size as well as in diameter of both megastrobili and microstrobili. Petiole, megasporophyll and indument colour also differ from that of C. mirandae. Ceratozamia chimalapensis forms part of the C. norstogii D.W.Stev. species complex, a group of ceratozamias with narrow leaflets growing in the herbaceous layer of oak forests in southern Mexico. These forests were severely affected by forest fires during 1998 and we recommend an IUCN Red List Category of CR B.1. Speciation in Ceratozamia has been discussed in the light of floristic refugia.

Keywords: Cenozoic; Cycad; endangered species; floristic refugia; Mesoamerica; neotropical forests; species complex.

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