Friday, September 23, 2016

[Botany • 2014] Haniffia santubongensis • A New Haniffia Species (Zingiberaceae) and A New Generic record from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

 Haniffia santubongensis  
 S.Y. Wong & P.C. Boyce    
 DOI: 10.1186/s40529-014-0051-9

Haniffia Holttum is a genus of three described species of terrestrial gingers hitherto restricted to Peninsular Thailand and various localities in Peninsular Malaysia.

With generic placement confirmed using nrITS, trnK and matK plastid sequence data, Haniffia santubongensis S.Y. Wong & P.C. Boyce is described as a taxonomically novel species representing a new generic record for Borneo, to where it is endemic to Mount Santubong, Kuching Division, NW Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. An identification key to all species is given and H. santubongensis is illustrated from living plants.

Haniffia santubongensis is the fourth species of Haniffia so far described, and the first occurring on sandstone.

Keywords: Haniffia santubongensis; Mount Santubong; Phylogeny; Taxonomy

Figure 2. Haniffia santubongensis S.Y. Wong & P. C. Boyce.
A. Plant in habitat. B. Detail of ligule; note the blackish colour of the free portion. C. Inflorescence. D. Single flower; note the bifid tips to the lateral staminodes and the yellow callus in the middle of the labellum. E. Infructescence. F. Detail of single fruit; note the semi-glossy slightly warty surface, and the prominent floral remains.

Sin Yeng Wong, Im Hin Ooi and Peter C Boyce. 2014. A New Haniffia Species (Zingiberaceae) and A New Generic record from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.
Botanical Studies. 55:51  DOI: 10.1186/s40529-014-0051-9