A new subspecies of Silene acaulis (Caryophyllaceae) from East Anatolia, Turkey

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Ozgokce G., Tan K., Stevanovic V.

ANNALES BOTANICI FENNICI, vol.42, no.2, pp.143-149, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.143-149
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Silene acaulis (L.) Jacq. subsp. vanensis Ozgokce & Kit Tan (Caryophyllaceae), a new taxon occurring in the province of Van in East Anatolia, Turkey, is described and illustrated. Its closest affinities are with S. acaulis subsp. bryoides, a plant occurring more than 2000 km away in the mountains of central and southern Europe. The existence of a new subspecies of S. acaulis in the extremely disjunct locality is interesting from a phytogeographical viewpoint. It is possible that during the post-glacial period the present-day Arctic-Alpine flora migrated not only southwards to the mountains of central and southern Europe but also to the highlands of eastern Turkey.