Allium phanerantherum subsp. Involucratum (amaryllidaceae), a new subspecies from turkey

Ekşi G., Koyuncu M., Bona M.

Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy, vol.22, no.2, pp.143-146, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3329/bjpt.v22i2.26076
  • Journal Name: Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.143-146
  • Keywords: Allium, Endemic, New taxon, Turkey
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Allium L. is an extremely polymorphic and taxonomically difficult genus with a natural distribution in the northern Hemisphere. The most recent classifications of Allium are based on morphological characters and molecular data, in which c. 850 species in 15 subgenera and 56 sections are recognised (Friesen et al., 2006; Koyuncu and Eker, 2011; Celep et al., 2012; Genç and Özhatay, 2013). In Turkey, Allium is represented by 177 species, of which 72 are endemic (Özhatay, 2000; Güner, 2012). In the Flora of Turkey and The East Agean Islands the genus is classified into 14 sections, and section Allium is the largest among them (Kollmann, 1984). During the field work in August 2013, the first and the third authors collected some interesting Allium specimens from C6 Hatay: Antakya, above Kisecik, Radar road, trackside. The specimens were critically studied and compared with specimens deposited in AEF, ANK, ISTE, GAZI, E and K. The Flora of Turkey and the Floras of the neighbouring regions, including Iraq, Iran and Syria, were also consulted (Boissier, 1882; Feinbrun, 1948; Wendelbo, 1971, 1985; Kollmann, et al., 1983; Kollmann, 1984; Mathew, 1996; Özhatay, 2000). Detailed study and observations revealed its distinctness from the known taxa, and is described here as new subspecies Allium phanerantherum subsp. involucratum.