Validation of two informally named species of Melichrus (Ericaceae subfam. Epacridoideae) from north-eastern New South Wales

Helen Therese Kennedy

Abstract


Two narrowly endemic, endangered species of Melichrus (Ericaceae subfam. Epacridoideae) from north-eastern New South Wales currently bearing phrase names are formally named and described. Melichrus hirsutus J.B.Williams ex H.T.Kenn. & I.Telford is validly published more than 50 years after the first herbarium specimens were collected. Melichrus gibberagee J.B.Williams ex H.T.Kenn. & J.J.Bruhl is also described as new. Notes are provided on the distribution, habitat and conservation status of both species. An updated key to Melichrus species in New South Wales is provided.

Keywords


Plant systematics; taxonomy; epacrid; Melichrus

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7751/telopea14704