Asian Journal of Research in Botany <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Research in Botany</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish high-quality papers (<a href="/index.php/AJRIB/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all aspects of Botany. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.&nbsp;</p> Asian Journal of Research in Botany en-US Asian Journal of Research in Botany Taxonomic Studies of Lippia javanica (Burm F.) Spreng. Complex (Verbenaceae) in East African Flora <p>Lippia javanica complex is widely spread in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa; however, there exist a taxonomic conflict in the aforementioned species complex where morphologically similar forms of the species occur in the same habitat. In the Southern Africa region, there are two varieties L. javanica var. javanica and L. javanica var. whytei that were formally recognized. Morphological characters of the 63 East African herbarium specimens were sampled. Phenetically, the varieties in the Southern African region overlap in habit and leaf characters. Nevertheless, differences in floral characters such as the number of inflorescence per axil and varying peduncle length form the basis for the morphological distinctness. Multivariate analysis using cluster and principal component analysis failed to delimit the infraspecific taxa. Findings from this present study indicated that the variations are not sufficient enough to warrant separation. Thus we proposed that the suspected varieties be synonymized under the earliest name Lippia javanica.</p> Masinde Wafula Collins David Mutisya Musyimi Itambo Malombe ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-01-09 2021-01-09 1 8 Ecological Studies from a Philatelic Perspective (I) - the Edelweiss in Romanian Philately <p>Until the beginning of the 21st century, the concerns related to the management of protected areas were reduced only to the voluntary initiatives of nature lovers, rarely materializing in specific measures to promote the conservation of endangered biodiversity by the authorities or administrators of those areas. As the concern for the management of protected areas and biodiversity is relatively new in Romania, and information related to this subject is relatively scarce, especially those regarding the species of ecosystems under the Habitats Directive, we considered necessary this study on the edelweiss, this being a species emblematic for Romania. Through this paper, we aimed to review some aspects of the edelweiss, namely its association with thematic philately. Following the analyzes carried out, based on the data from the literature consulted (articles, catalogs, books, blogs, etc), as well as following the observations made based on philatelic e-commerce sites, we concluded that the edelweiss, as well as the ecosystem in which it (re)finds, have been and still are of interest, both for international philately and for that of our country; as proof the significant number of issues and philatelic circulations that we have identified, analyzed and interpreted, during over 60 years of postal activity (the first issue appeared in Romania dating from 1957). What is even more surprising is a large number of philatelic occurrences of the floristic species, in various facets, both within the reference habitat (rock at the level of alpine hollows) and outside it.</p> Bogdan-Vasile Cioruța Alexandru Leonard Pop ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-01-14 2021-01-14 9 32