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Shangwua (Compositae), a new genus from the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

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A new genus of Compositae, Shangwua, is described to accomodate all species formerly placed in Saussurea sect. Jacea. This genus is distinct from the other genera of tribe Cardueae in its unique combination of states of characters including involucral bracts, receptacle, paleae, anther, style, achene and pappus. Phylogenetic analyses based on molecular data suggest that this new genus belongs to the Xeranthemum group, a lineage of the Carduinae that diversified early, with only distant relationships to Saussurea and related genera. The genus Shangwua consists of three species occurring in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas.
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Keywords: COMPOSITAE; HIMALAYAS; MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS; NEW GENUS; SAUSSUREA; SHANGWUA; TAXONOMIC REVISION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-Ecosystem, School of Life Science, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, China, State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China;, Email: [email protected] 2: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str. 6–8, 14195 Berlin, Germany 3: Botanic Institute of Barcelona (IBB-CSIC-ICUB), Pg. del Migdia s.n., 08038 Barcelona, Spain 4: State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-Ecosystem, School of Life Science, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, China

Publication date: 2013-10-22

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