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Published: 2021-07-19

Thalictrum changii (Ranunculaceae), a new species from southern Xizang (Tibet), China

Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China, Center of Conservation Biology, Core Botanical Gardens, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China, Center of Conservation Biology, Core Botanical Gardens, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China, Center of Conservation Biology, Core Botanical Gardens, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China
Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China, Center of Conservation Biology, Core Botanical Gardens, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, Guangdong, China
Eudicots geographical distribution morphology taxonomy Thalictrum scabrifolium Thalictrum yunnanense

Abstract

Thalictrum changii (Ranunculaceae), a new species from southern Xizang (Tibet), China, is illustrated and described. Morphologically, T. changii is most closely similar to T. yunnanense in habit and in having 2–3-ternate leaves, paniculate-corymbiform inflorescence, clavate filaments, sessile, fusiform achenes, and glandular-pubescent leaves, inflorescence rachis, pedicels and achenes, but differs by having subcoriaceous (vs. papery) leaflets, narrowly elliptic (vs. suborbicular), longer (ca. 5 mm vs. ca. 3.5 mm) and persistent (vs. caducous) sepals, and longer (ca. 3 mm vs. ca. 1.5 mm) carpels with longer (ca. 1.5 mm vs. ca. 0.5 mm) styles. The confusion in the geographical distribution of T. yunnanense and its closely allied species T. scabrifolium is clarified. Morphological distinction between the two varieties of T. yunnanense, namely var. yunnanense and var. austroyunnanense, is discussed. An identification key to T. changii and its closely allied taxa is also provided.

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