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BOTANICAL NOTE
Stellaria pallida (Caryophyllaceae) – a new find for the flora of Kraków and the easternmost current station for Poland.
 
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Zakład Roślin Naczyniowych, Instytut Botaniki im. W. Szafera Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Polska
Online publication date: 2020-12-30
Publication date: 2020-12-30
 
Fragm. Flor. et Geobot. Pol. 2020; XXVII(2): 671–676
 
ABSTRACT
A new locality of Stellaria pallida (Dumort.) Crép. was found in 2019 and still observed in 2020 in Kraków, southern Poland. The species grew on an extensively cultivated sward of the Culture Park of Aviation in the Czyżyny city quarter (Fig. 1). The presented station is the most eastern one found in Poland after 1908 (Popiela 1997) and may indicate range expansion in synanthropic habitats. Stellaria pallida is sometimes synonymized with Stellaria apetala Ucria, although this may be doubtful – see eg. Morton (1972) and cf. scarce description in Ucria (1793). Moreover, at Hassler (2020; “Catalogue of Life”), and probably after this source at numerous Internet sites, for the latter taxon’s author, Bernardino da Ucria an erroneous citation was used: „Bernardino” instead of „Ucria” (Stafleu & Cowan 1986); the former is used in some sources (Meikle 1980 after IPNI 2020; Brummitt & Powell 1992: 61) for a monk, fra Bernardino da Bologna, known only as an author of herbarium from about 1773 (cf. Saccardo 1895: 28), there are however no premises to identify him with his contemporary (1739–1793) minorite from Sicilia, curator of the Palermo botanical garden (cf. Saccardo 1895: 61; Brummitt & Powell 1992: 659).
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