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Reports Summarize Systematic Botany Study Results from Natural History Museum [Silene triflora (Bornm.) Bornm. (Caryophyllaceae), a neglected species...

July 22, 2014

Reports Summarize Systematic Botany Study Results from Natural History Museum [Silene triflora (Bornm.) Bornm. (Caryophyllaceae), a neglected species from the Central Balkans]

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Current study results on Life Science Research have been published. According to news reporting out of Belgrade, Serbia, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Status of numerous taxa from Silene sect. Saxifragoideae is still taxonomically unresolved, especially in the Balkans."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "In 1925 Bornmuller described a taxon from northern part of the Republic of Macedonia, first as S. saxifraga var. triflora and twelve years later as a separate species S. triflora. This taxon is listed in the Flora of the Republic of Macedonia as a variety of S. saxifraga. In other regional Floras regarding the Republic of Macedonia and the Balkans it is not included at any subgeneric level, or as a synonym. Delimitation between S. triflora and S. saxifraga is discussed on the basis of multivariate analysis of morphometric and meristic characters. The most significant characters for distinguishing these two taxa are stem length, inflorescence length, longest internode length, middle leaf length and the number of flowers. Considering that it was perceived that these two taxa differ significantly only in the number of flowers, addition to the original description of S. triflora is given. A specimen designated here as lectotype is deposited in JE."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Considering geographic range and the number of locations, as well as the number of mature individuals in the largest population IUCN threatened status vulnerable (VU) is proposed."

For more information on this research see: Silene triflora (Bornm.) Bornm. (Caryophyllaceae), a neglected species from the Central Balkans. Phytotaxa, 2014;172(1):1-12. Phytotaxa can be contacted at: Magnolia Press, PO Box 41383, Auckland, St Lukes 1030, New Zealand. (Magnolia Press -; Phytotaxa -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Durovic, Nat Hist Museum, Belgrade 11000, Serbia. Additional authors for this research include G. Tomovic, V. Stevanovic, V. Matevski and M. Niketic (see also Life Science Research).

Keywords for this news article include: Serbia, Europe, Belgrade, Life Science Research

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