oa Journal of East African Natural History - Some Gasteromycetes from Eastern Africa



During recent months a number of collectors have sent gatherings of gasteromycete fungi from E. Africa to the Kew Herbarium. This paper has been written to record the results of their collecting as well as to give them, and other workers in the area, an admittedly incomplete but, it is hoped, useful guide to the puffballs and their allies in the East African region. Recently collected material has been supplemented by studies of the older collections in Kew (K) and elsewhere, particularly the E. African Herbarium (EA). Though this study is centred on E. Africa in a restricted sense we have also included some material from Malawi, Zambia, Rhodesia and Mozambique where considered appropriate. In a like manner Somalia has also been included. Perhaps, however, it is more important to note that we have also included the rather few gasteromycetes which we have examined from the Mascarene Islands. Though their nearest mainland is the east coast of Africa, these islands are known to have strong floristic affinities with Asia and Australasia rather than with Africa. So that, unless there is evidence to the contrary it should not be assumed that species recorded from these islands will occur on the African mainland.


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