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An unusual new epiphytic species of Cymbidium (Orchidaceae: Epidedroideae) from Hainan, China

MINGZHONG HUANG, ZHILONG LIU, GUANGSUI YANG, JUNMEI YIN

Abstract


Cymbidium lii (Orchidaceae: Epidedroideae: Cymbidiinae), endemic to Hainan, China and the only one well-developed rhizome epiphytic species ever found in the genus, is newly described. A detailed morphology comparison including the seed characters between the newly discovered orchid and the related species was conducted. A local palm, Livistona saribus (Lour.) Merr. ex A. Chev was found to be the unique host plant. It is considered to be critically endangered according to the latest IUCN Red List criteria.


Keywords


Chinese, Orchidaceae, Cymbidium, Monocots

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.314.2.12

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

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand