Friday, April 8, 2016

A new plant : Allium ekimianum

The genus Allium is one of the largest plant genera with more than 900 species distributed  in temperate climates of the Northern Hemisphere. It includes prominent representatives such as onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, leek and chives. 

The new species adds another one to the 190 known from Turkey. It was found in  Eastern Anatolia. It was named in honor of the now retired Turkish botanist Prof. Dr. Tuna Ekim, who dedicated his life to the flora of Turkey.

For the experts: Allium ekimianum is described here as a new species. This taxon belongs to the genus Allium section Allium and grows in Elazığ Province (East Anatolia, Turkey). It is a narrowly distributed species and morphologically most similar to A. asperiflorum and A. sintenisii, and A. erzincanicum but it is clearly differentiated due to the curved stem, smooth pedicel surfaces, bracteole arrangements at pedicel bases, tepal lengths and surfaces. In this study, a comprehensive description, distribution map of A. ekimianum, identification key, and detailed illustrations are provided for A. ekimianum and related taxa.

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