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Bulletin of Botanical Research ›› 2011, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (6): 644-648.doi: 10.7525/j.issn.1673-5102.2011.06.002

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Taxonomic Notes on Livistona(Palmae) in Flora of China

LIU Hai-Sang   

  1. Xiamen Overseas Chinese Subtropical Plant Introduction Garden,Xiamen 361002
  • Received:1900-01-01 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2011-11-20 Published:2011-11-20
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Abstract: Based on the lectotype of Livistona chinensis, the holotypes of L.fengkaiensis and L.jenkinsiana, the isoneotype of L.saribus and the isotype of L.speciosa, the status of those species in Flora of China was reviewed. L.speciosa has obovate, elliptical or ovoid fruits, but L.jenkinsiana has reniform or subglobose fruits. Livistona jenkinsiana in Flora of China should be L.speciosa Kurz which was misidentified as L.saribus in Chinese taxonomic literature, such as Flora of Hainan, Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae, Flora Fujianica and Flora Yunnanica. L.saribus in Flora of China, which originates with Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae, is not endemic to China. In China, L.speciosa is endemic to Yunnan, Guangdong, Hainan and Fujian, and L.chinensis is endemic to Guangdong and Taiwan, yet Livistona jenkinsiana and L.saribus were introduced to China only by certain botanical gardens.

Key words: Palmae, Livistona R.Br., Livistona jenkinsiana Griff., Livistona saribus(Lour.) Merr.ex A.Chev., Livistona speciosa Kurz., taxonomic note

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