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Reinstatement of the specific status of Ligularia shifangensis (Asteraceae, Senecioneae)

LONG WANG, CHEN REN, IRINA ILLARIONOVA, QIN-ER YANG

Abstract


Ligularia shifangensis (Asteraceae, Senecioneae) has been treated as L. liatroides var. shifangensis. Observations of both herbarium specimens (including type material) and living plants demonstrate that L. shifangensis is a distinct species. From L. liatroides it can be readily distinguished by the shape of leaves and involucres, the number and pubescence of phyllaries, and a shorter pappus. The affinity of L. shifangensis may lie with L. tsangchanensis, from which it differs mainly in the shape of involucres, the length of peduncles and a shorter pappus.


Keywords


Compositae, Ligularia liatroides, Sichuan, taxonomy, Eudicots

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.283.2.6

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ISSN 1179-3155 (print); ISSN 1179-3163 (online)

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand