Lechenaultia peregrina, a new species of Goodeniaceae from northern Australia, New Guinea and the Moluccas
Keywords:Australasia, Goodeniaceae, Taxonomy, New Species,
AbstractMorphological studies of Lechenaultia filiformis R.Br. have determined that more than one taxon is presently included under that name. We here recognise disjunct populations from north-east Queensland, north-east Northern Territory, New Guinea and the Moluccas as a new species, Lechenaultia peregrina R.W.Jobson & R.L.Barrett. This is the third tropical species of Lechenaultia currently recognised, however further studies are required to assess the status of about five additional entities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia currently included in L. filiformis s.l. Seed article morphology is critical for species delimitation in tropical Lechenaultia, but seed articles are often absent from collections, or only immature, as they fall quickly once ripe.