Thursday, February 21, 2019

[Botany • 2019] Camellia mingii (Theaceae) • A New Species of Yellow Camellias from Southeast Yunnan, China

Camellia mingii  S.X.Yang

in Liu, Fang, Liu, et al., 2019. 

Camellia mingii S.X.Yang is described and illustrated as a new species from southeast Yunnan Province, China. It is morphologically closest to C. pubipetala, but can be easily distinguished by its spiral arrangement of bracteoles and sepals; its bracteoles and sepals lunate, reniform or broadly ovate, glabrous inside and densely puberulent outside; its petals orbicular to short elliptic, puberulent on both sides; and its inner filaments puberulen to ca. 2/3 from base. Molecular analyses based on GBSSI sequences also support C. mingii as a distinct species of yellow camellia. It is ‘Critically Endangered’ (CR) according to the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.

Keywords: Eudicots, endemic, Funing County, taxonomy, Theaceae

Zhen-Wen Liu, Wei Fang En-De Liu, Ming Zhoa, Yao-Feng He and Shi-Xiong Yang. 2019. Camellia mingii, A New Species of Yellow Camellias from Southeast Yunnan, China. Phytotaxa. 393(1); 47–56. DOI:  10.11646/phytotaxa.393.1.4