Cousinia kermanensis and C. pulcherantha spp. nov. (Compositae, sect. Congestae and sect. Leiocaules) from southeastern Iran


Mansour Mirtadzadini, Dept of Biology, Faculty of Science, Shahid Bahonar Univ., PO Box 76169-133, Kerman, Iran. E-mail:


Cousinia kermanensis sp. nov. (sect. Congestae Bunge) and C. pulcherantha sp. nov. (sect. Leiocaules Bunge) are described from Kerman in southeastern Iran. These species are compared to their closest related species, C. decurrens Regel and C. oophora Rech. f., respectively. The habitat of C. kermanensis is lowland mountains or hills with poor soils inside the steppe of Artemisia sieberi Besser. Cousinia pulcherantha grows on highland slopes of mountains with deep soils inside the steppe of Artemisia aucheri Boiss. Illustrations of the new species are presented.