Monday, June 19, 2017

[Botany • 2015] Pueraria grandiflora • A New Species (Fabaceae) from Southwest China

Pueraria grandiflora  Bo Pan & Bing Liu

A new species, Pueraria grandiflora, (Fabaceae, Phaseoleae), is described and illustrated. It resembles Pueraria tuberosa, but differs in lobed leaflets, larger flowers, single or once branched inflorescences, and flowering and fruiting season. This species is only known from dry-hot valleys in Sichuan and Yunnan, and is rare and narrowly distributed.

Key words: Dry-hot valley, Fabaceae, Phaseoleae, tuber

FIGURE 1. Pueraria grandiflora (from type locality).
A. Habit. B. Flowers. C. Entire leaflets. D. Tubers. E. Tuber opened up. F. Sagittate stipule. G. Lobed leaflets.
 Photos by Bo Pan and Bing Liu. 

Pueraria grandiflora Bo Pan & Bing Liu, sp. nov. 

Etymology: The species epithet refers to the large flowers of this species, the largest within the genus to date.  

Bo Pan, Bing Liu, Zhi-Xiang Yu and Yong-Qiong Yang. 2015. Pueraria grandiflora (Fabaceae), A New Species from Southwest China. Phytotaxa. 203(3); 287–291. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.203.3.8 

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