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A new species of Ilex (Aquifoliaceae) from Jiangxi Province, China, based on morphological and molecular data

LEI JIANG, KEWANG XU, QIANG FAN, HUA PENG

Abstract


A new species, Ilex venusta, is described and illustrated from the Luoxiao Mountains, Jiangxi Province, China. It is included in a phylogenetic analysis using nuclear ribosomal nrITS and two plastid DNA markers (the atpB-rbcL and trnL-F spacers). This species is a member of Ilex sect. Paltoria., which can be distinguished from other sections in Ilex by their solitary pistillate inflorescences. The new species is similar to I. viridis and I. triflora, but it differs in its narrow leaves and slender trunk and branches.


Keywords


Aquifoliaceae, Chinese flora, Ilex sect. Paltoria, Jiangxi flora, Eudicots, China

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.298.2.4

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

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand