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20 December 2011 Cousinia saloukensis (Asteraceae, Cardueae), a new species from NE Iran
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Cousinia saloukensis, a narrow endemic from NE Iran, is described as a species new to science, illustrated and its affinities are discussed. A high morphological similarity between the new species and the eastern members (mainly in E Afghanistan) of C. sect. Eriocousinia is contradicted by a relationship with species of sect. Serratuloides revealed in a previous nrITS phylogeny. In view of the incongruent molecular and morphological evidences, the new species is, for the time being, not assigned to any of the known sections.

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Iraj Mehregan "Cousinia saloukensis (Asteraceae, Cardueae), a new species from NE Iran," Willdenowia 41(2), 261-265, (20 December 2011).
Published: 20 December 2011

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