Morphological variation, an expanded description and ethnobotanical evaluation of Cycas seemannii A.Braun (Cycadaceae)

Keppel, G. (2009) Morphological variation, an expanded description and ethnobotanical evaluation of Cycas seemannii A.Braun (Cycadaceae). The South Pacific Journal of Natural Science, 27 20-27. doi:10.1071/SP09004


Author Keppel, G.
Title Morphological variation, an expanded description and ethnobotanical evaluation of Cycas seemannii A.Braun (Cycadaceae)
Formatted title
Morphological variation, an expanded description and ethnobotanical evaluation of Cycas seemannii A.Braun (Cycadaceae)
Journal name The South Pacific Journal of Natural Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1726-0787
Publication date 2009-12
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/SP09004
Volume 27
Start page 20
End page 27
Total pages 8
Editor Anand Tiyagi
Place of publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Cycas seemannii (Cycadaceae) is a widespread and highly variable species. This study investigates morphological variability and ethnobotanical uses throughout the entire range (Torres Strait Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga) of the species. The morphological characters studied are highly variable among populations and unrelated to genetic differences. Characters are also more variable than previously assumed and because of this we provide an updated, detailed taxonomic description of Cycas seemannii based on extensive morphometric data, fieldwork and herbarium specimens. The plant is of great cultural importance in Vanuatu, its seeds are utilised as a source of starch and it is a widely cultivated ornamental. Possible consequences of the plant's decreasing cultural importance are discussed.

Keyword Cycas
ethnobotany
morphology
morphometrics
taxonomy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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