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Cyclamen (Primulaceae) in tropical Africa


Cyclamen somalense Thulin & Warfa, spec. nova, the first member of the genus known from tropical Africa, is described from the Al Miskat Mts in NE. Somalia. The new species is closely related to the E. MediterraneanC. persicum Mill. The disjunct Mediterranean element in the mountain flora of northern Somalia, to whichC. somalense belongs, is believed to be largely a relict of Tertiary origin.

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Thulin, M., Warfa, A.M. Cyclamen (Primulaceae) in tropical Africa. Pl Syst Evol 166, 249–252 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00935953

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Key words

  • Angiosperms
  • Primulaceae
  • Cyclamen
  • C. somalense
  • Taxonomy
  • phytogeography
  • Mediterranean floristic element
  • Flora of Somalia