Blitum

Blitum

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Synonymy

Blitum L., Sp. Pl. 1: 4. 1753 sec. Fuentes-Bazán & al. (2012b)
  • 1. Britton & Brown, Ill. Fl. N. U.S., ed. 2, 2. 1913
  • =Anserina Dumort., Fl. Belg. 1: 21. 1827 syn. sec. Fuentes-Bazán & al. (2012b)
  • Agathophytum Moq. in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., ser. 2, 1: 291. 1834, nom. illeg., syn. sec. Fuentes-Bazán & al. (2012b)
  • Orthosporum subg. Agathophytum T.Nees, Gen. Fl. Germ. [1]: ad. t. [57]. 1835 syn. sec. Fuentes-Bazán & al. (2012b)
  • Chenopodium sect. Agathophytum (T.Nees) Benth. & Hook.f., Gen. Pl. 3(1): 52. 1880 syn. sec. Fuentes-Bazán & al. (2012b)

Notes

In the last century the Linnean Blitum, with its two species B. capitatum and B. virgatum L., was usually merged with Chenopodium s.l. (e.g. Aellen 1929; Iljin & Aellen 1936; Aellen & Just 1943; Aellen 1960-61; Grubov 1966; Brenan & Akeroyd 1993; Mosyakin 1996; Uotila 1997, 2001a-b; Clemants & Mosyakin 2003), or rarely recognized in the original Linnean circumscription (Scott 1978a). However, the resurrection of this genus based on phylogenetic reconstruction supports a monophyletic lineage and a wide concept of Blitum including c. ten species (Fuentes-Bazán & al. 2012b), most of them in the Northern hemisphere and one (B. atriplicimum F. Muell.) in Australia. Blitum belongs to the tribe Anserineae.