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Rediscovery of the first collection of the "Living Fossil", Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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Abstract:

Living trees of the early Cenozoic taxon Metasequoia glyptostroboides were first discovered in 1943. The first specimen that triggered its discovery, however, was lost. After three years of searching, we have located the first specimen stored in an unregistered, abandoned "herbarium" at the Jiangsu Forestry Academy (JFA), Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. This first specimen was collected by C. Wang (number 118) on 21 Jul 1943 from a large tree at Modaoxi, Wan Xian, Sichuan, also known as the type tree since the type was collected from the same tree by C. J. Hsueh in 1946.

Keywords: BOTANICAL HISTORY; FIRST COLLECTION; HERBARIA; METASEQUOIA GLYPTOSTROBOIDES; REDISCOVERY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11225, U.S.A

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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