New combinations in Malacothamnus

My morphological study of the three varieties of Malacothamnus palmeri was just recently published in Crossosoma. This assessed how different these three varieties are. The results show all three to be clearly morphologically distinct with no intermediates. It also shows them to be geographically distinct. Based on this evidence, I have raised the varieties to the rank of species as M. palmeri, M. involucratus, and M. lucianus. You can read the paper here. This includes a key to distinguish between these three taxa. A larger draft key for all Malacothamnus in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties can be found here. ...And as ...more ↓

Posted on February 15, 2021 01:14 by keirmorse keirmorse | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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I'm a PhD student researching bush-mallows (the genus Malacothamnus) and decided to use iNaturalist as a way of pulling together observations both to help see what is going on and to help others identify them.

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Mini keirmorse created this project on September 09, 2016
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