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Taxonomy, biogeography and evolution of plants

The truffle genus Cribbea (Physalacriaceae, Agaricales) in Australia

Teresa Lebel A C and Pamela S. Catcheside B

A National Herbarium of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Private Bag 2000, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Vic. 3141, Australia.

B State Herbarium of South Australia, Plant Biodiversity Centre, PO Box 2732, Kent Town, SA 5071, Australia.

C Corresponding author. Email:

Australian Systematic Botany 22(1) 39-55
Submitted: 5 September 2008  Accepted: 4 December 2008   Published: 11 March 2009


Australian taxa of the sequestrate genus Cribbea were examined by the use of ITS and nLSU sequences of nuclear rDNA and found to belong to the Physalacriaceae with affinities to Xerula and Oudemansiella. A new species, Cribbea turbinispora P.Catcheside & T.Lebel, from South Australia is described, and the previously described species C. lamellata (J.W.Cribb) A.H.Sm. & D.A.Reid is synonymised under C. gloriosa (D.A.Reid) A.H.Sm. & D.A.Reid. Descriptions and illustrations of the Australian species of Cribbea, including C. gloriosa, C. reticulata (J.W.Cribb) A.H.Sm. & D.A.Reid, C. turbinispora, and descriptions of the ex-Australian taxon C. andina (Speg.) J.E.Wright & E.Horak are presented. A key to all presently described Cribbea species is provided.


We are grateful to Dr Brian Spooner and Dr Begoña Aguirre-Hudson at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K), for their help in providing images, slides and access to type collections. We are also grateful to the Directors of the State Herbarium of South Australia (AD), the Queensland Herbarium (BRI), the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) and the Western Australian herbarium (PERTH) for making specimens available for the study. We are indebted to Gilbert Dashorst (AD) for illustrations of microscopic characters. We also thank Anthony Francis and Matthew Barrett for early discussions of C. turbinispora material, Dr Tom May and Professor David Catcheside for their comments on the manuscript, and D. Catcheside for his support and for finding the specimen of C. turbinispora.


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