Abroma Notes

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Synonymy of Abroma

Abroma angustum (L.) Murray


Abroma (the persistent orthographic variant Ambroma is due to Linnaeus fils) is a genus belong to tribe Byttnerieae and subfamily Byttnerioideae of the angiosperm family Malvaceae sensu lato.The genus was introduced in 1776 by Jacquin, based on Linnaeus's Theobroma augusta, but renaming the species as Abroma fastuosa. The correct combination was subsequently made by Linnaeus fils and Murray. Abroma, being based on the Greek βρομα (broma), is neuter, and while the feminine gender has generally been used for epithets in this genus, they should be corrected to neuter.

Abroma is generally considered a monotypic genus, with the sole species being Abroma augustum. However there are conflicting chromosome number reports (2n = 16, 20, 22, 24) for this species, so the possibility that it represents a species complex remains open.

Abroma angustum (L.) L.f.