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Eddie Ivan Kaweela Group

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During a recent field and herbarium investigation, we noticed that the identity of S. sensitiva was somewhat controversial in Taiwan. Specimens initially identified in the field as Smithia sensitiva had vivid yellow flowers up to 1.5 cm long with styles up to 8 mm long (Aiton 1789; Efloraofindia 2007 onwards; Sa and Delgado-Salinas 2010; Balan and Predeep 2017). However, all specimens previously identified as S. sensitiva in Taiwan had smaller pale yellow flowers with shorter styles. Hence, it was suspected the Taiwanese population was likely an unknown taxon distinct from S. sensitiva. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the taxonomic status of this taxon by morphological and palynological approaches.

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