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Nouvelles remarques sur l'identité de l'Aloe deltoideodonta Baker (Xanthorrhoeaceae) et nouveau nom, Aloe horombensis nom. nov., pour les Aloe L. affiliés du sud-Betsileo

Jean-Philippe CASTILLON

fr Adansonia 36 (2) - Pages 221-235

Published on 26 December 2014


The identity of the mysterious Aloe deltoideodonta Baker is studied here. In the light of ancient writings of Rev. R. Baron which allow us to follow his trips and locate his harvests in Madagascar, of the study of the herbarium sheets from Kew and Paris, and of the morphological study of the plants in their natural habitat, I come to the same conclusion than J.-J. Lavranos, that A. madecassa H. Perrier from around Antananarivo is synonymous with A. deltoideodonta. New combinations and new names are proposed to solve the taxonomic problems caused by this synonymy: South Betsileo and Androy Aloe formerly named A. deltoideodonta var. brevifolia and A. deltoideodonta var. intermedia are renamed A. horombensis nom. nov. and the other former varieties or subspecies of A. deltoideodonta (candicans, fallax, ruffingiana, amboahangyensis) become subspecies of A. horombensis. Finally, a new subspecies from the Fort-Dauphin area is described here: A. horombensis subsp. andavakana subsp. nov.

Keywords :

Aloe, Madagascar, Richard Baron, revision, lectotypification, new combinations, new status, new names, new subspecies

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