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Allium palaestinum – a forgotten species from Israel is re-described

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ABSTRACTAllium palaestinum, a long-forgotten taxon of arid Israel and Jordan, is re-described here. The new description is based on Kolmann's work in 1971 and on living plants and fresh herbarium specimens. Independence of the species is confirmed not only by differing morphological and ecological features of the nearest related Allium species, but also by molecular methods. Hence, the species is no longer treated within Allium neapolitanum. Discussion on phylo-geography, distribution, conservation status and habitat is provided.

Affiliations: 1: Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, the Hebrew University ; 2: Botanical Garden, University of Osnabrueck


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