A new species of Galium (Rubiaceae) from Southwest Anatolia, Turkey


PHYTOTAXA, vol.308, no.2, pp.267-274, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 308 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.11646/phytotaxa.308.2.8
  • Journal Name: PHYTOTAXA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.267-274
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Galium cariense, a new species from serpentine scree in Denizli and Mugla provinces, SW Anatolia, Turkey, is here described and illustrated. The new species belongs to Galium section Kolgyda and is similar to G. bracteatum, G. penduliflorum and G. peplidifolium, from which it differs by its short, glabrous, reddish stems, small, ovate-oblong, equal cauline leaves, thyrsoid inflorescences, acute to obtuse corolla lobes and narrowly oblong, papillate mericarps. The diagnostic characters of G. cariense and related species are discussed. Moreover, ecology, conservation status and the geographical distribution of the new species are presented and its mericarp surface characteristics are investigated using scanning electron microscopy.