Group Title: John & William Bartram specimen collection. Book 2 East Florida
Title: Mallow family
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 Material Information
Title: Mallow family
Series Title: John & William Bartram specimen collection. Book 2 East Florida
Physical Description: Herbarium specimen
Creator: Bartram, William
Publisher: Natural History Museum (London)
Subjects / Keywords: Bartram herbarium specimens -- Florida
Botanical specimens -- Collection and preservation -- Florida
Botany -- Florida
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Florida
Abstract: Original identification: (Joseph Ewan) (possibly ?) Pavonia spinifex (L.) Cav. Re-determination by Kent Perkins (KP) or J. Richard Abbott (JRA): this is definitely a member of the mallow family, Malvaceae. this does not appear to match any species known from Florida, and it lacks the fruits that are so essential for identifying unknown mallows. Ewan commented that it is "teratological in nearly all its parts." teratological means abnormal. i compared this scan to specimens of Pavonia and most other species of Malvaceae known from Florida, and the details simply don't seem to match anything. my guess is that this was some early cultivated plant. it may also have been collected elsewhere (e.g., Bartram did go to the Bahamas) and mistakenly included here. the tips of some of the branches do look to be stunted (virus or bacterium?), but teratology doesn't typically involve every minute detail being altered. if this is a Florida native (or introduction), then i'm missing something, because i just couldn't make this match anything; this is not a known form for any species known from the eastern U.S., nor is it any known cultivated species. could this be another "Franklinia"? some rare species that is now extinct in the wild, only without having been introduced into cultivation? discussion with two Malvaceae specialists has led to the 'best guess' of this being a mutant Kosteletzkya, but direct study of the specimen is needed.
Funding: The Bartram images displayed as part of this collection reside in the collections of the Natural History Museum (London). They were digitized by the Museum and are being made available through this site for reference and research purposes only. All other rights are retained by the Museum.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00085107
Volume ID: VID00023
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Natural History Museum (London)
Rights Management: All rights reserved by Natural History Museum (London)
Resource Identifier: BMNH Image: BM000894972
Bartram ID: EF_Bk2_24

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