Gagea tisoniana, a new species of Gagea Salisb. sect. Gagea (Liliaceae) from central Italy
Peruzzi, L.; Bartolucci, F.; Frignani, F.; Minutillo, F.
Botanical journal of the Linnean Society 155(3): 337-347
ISSN/ISBN: 0024-4074 DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2007.00710.x
Gagea tisoniana Peruzzi et al. sp. nov. is described and its taxonomic relationship is discussed. The new species, which appears to be endemic to central Italy, is close to G. pratensis (Pers.) Dumort., G. pusilla (F. W. Schmidt) Sweet, and other mainly poorly known [i. e. G. succedanea Griseb. et Schenk, G. transversalis Stev., and G. paczoskii (Zapal.) Grossh.] or as yet undescribed taxa from eastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean area. The recognition of the new taxon G. tisoniana is claimed on the basis of anatomical, karyological, ecological, and phytogeographical data. Maps of the Italian distribution of G. pratensis (2n = 60), G. pusilla (2n = 24), and G. tisoniana (2n = 24) are presented, together with an analytical identification key. Finally, G. pratensis is recorded here for the first time in Tuscany (Monte Cetona). (C) 2007 The Linnean Society of London, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2007, 155, 337-347.