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Published: 2021-06-29

A new species of Phyllagathis (Sonerileae, Melastomataceae) from Guangxi, China

Guangxi Institute of Botany, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guilin 541006, China
Guangxi Institute of Botany, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guilin 541006, China
Guangxi Institute of Botany, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guilin 541006, China
State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol and Guangdong Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Melastomataceae raphide Phyllagathis taxonomy Eudicots

Abstract

Phyllagathis elegans (Melastomataceae, Sonerileae), a new species from Dongxing County in southern Guangxi, China, is described and illustrated. It closely resembles P. ovalifolia in habit, inflorescence type, floral merosity, stamen and capsule morphology, and crystal form, but differs from the latter in the hirsute stem with crooked hairs (vs. retrorse hairs), distally densely (vs. sparsely) leafy branches, and leaf blades 3-veined (vs. 5–7-veined), oblanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate (vs. ovate, oblong-ovate, or broadly elliptic).

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