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Published: 2021-09-13

Clarification of some morphological characters in Artemisia anomala (Asteraceae, Anthemideae), with reduction of var. tomentella and var. acuminatissima to the synonymy of the species

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
China Compositae lectotypification morphological variation new synonymy taxonomy Eudicots

Abstract

Based on observations on herbarium specimens (including type material) and living plants in the wild, we demonstrate that Artemisia anomala (Asteraceae, Anthemideae), a distinctive Chinese species yet morphologically imperfectly understood since its description, is variable with respect to its leaf indumentum and shape within and between populations. The leaves are ovate, ovate-lanceolate, elliptic-lanceolate, or lanceolate, and adaxially sparsely pubescent or glabrous, abaxially tomentose to sparsely pubescent, or rarely glabrescent. Morphologically, the two currently recognized varieties of A. anomala, var. tomentella and var. acuminatissima, fall within the variation range of the species in leaf indumentum and shape, and thus are synonymized herein. Lectotypification is proposed for A. anomala.

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