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Abstract

Plantago tomentosa (Plantaginaceae), not P. virginica naturalised in South Africa: first records of this species outside South America.

Abstract

Evidence is presented that the records of Plantago virginica from South Africa and of P. australis from RĂ©union Island (France) are in fact misidentified specimens of P. tomentosa. These are the first records of P. tomentosa outside South America. The species is native to Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, southern Paraguay, southern Peru and Uruguay. My findings suggest that P. virginica, native to North America, and P. australis, native to the Americas, do not occur in Africa. Furthermore, a lectotype is designated for the name P. affinis, a synonym of P. tomentosa.