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Camellia psilocarpa (Theaceae), a new species from Guangdong, China, based on morphological and molecular data

XIANGGANG SHI, WEIXI LI, HAIDAN WU, WUXIA GUO, CHUANGXING YE, WENBO LIAO, YELIN HUANG

Abstract


A new species, Camellia psilocarpa (Theaceae), from Guangdong Province, China, is described and illustrated. It is morphologically most similar to C. magnocarpa, from which it differs by having ovate-oblong leaves with apex caudate or long acuminate, bracteoles and sepals 10-12, grayish white velutinous outside, and especially smaller fruit. The morphological evidence shows that the new species is a member of Camellia sect. Camellia. Additionally, a molecular and phylogenetic analysis using two chloroplast DNA markers also gave support to its taxonomic position.


Keywords


Camellia psilocarpa, Nankunshan Nature Reserve, new taxon, taxonomy, Eudicots

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.338.2.6

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

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand