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Reinstatement of Gymnosporia (Celastraceae): implications for the Flora Malesiana region

ABSTRACT 2003. Reinstatement of Gymnosporia (Celastraceae): implications for the Flora Malesiana region. Telopea 10(1): 155–167. The reinstatement of the genus Gymnosporia, comprising all the spiny members previously included in the genus Maytenus, has implications for the Flora Malesiana region. An account is given of six species and two varieties in the region (Gymnosporia curtisii, G. diversifolia, G. inermis, G. littoralis, G. nitida, G. spinosa var. spinosa and var. parva). The new combination G. littoralis (Backer) Jordaan is made (based on Gymnosporia montana var. littoralis) and a neotype and lectotype designated for two other taxa. G. emarginata from India and Sri Lanka is also included since this name was previously misapplied to plants in the Flora Malesiana region. Maytenus rapakir is mentioned as probably belonging to Gymnosporia. Maytenus cupularis, which has a racemose inflorescence, is related to the Australian species of Maytenus s. lat. and is retained in Maytenus.

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