Plant Diversity ›› 2008, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (04): 423-429.DOI: 10.3724 SP.J.1143.2008.07222

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Non-glandular Hairs of Small-flowered Taxa in Epimedium (Berberidaceae) from China and Their Taxonomic Significance

WGNG Yue-Yun1 , HE Shun-Zhi1, GUO Bao-Lin2   

  1. 1 Department of Pharmacy , Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guiyang 550002 , China ; 2 Institute of Medicinal Plant Development , Chinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union of Medical College, Beijing 100094 , China
  • Received:2007-09-27 Online:2008-08-25 Published:2008-08-25
  • Contact: HE Shun-Zhi

Abstract: Non-glandular hairs on the leaf epidermis of 15 species and 1 variety of small-flowered taxa of Epimedium in China have been examined with digital camera micrographic technique . The result reveals that the non-glandular hairs in
Epimedium are distinctive among species and can be used in the taxonomy of the genus. A key to the species in China is proposed based on the characters of non-glandular hairs , which may be applicable for the identification and recognition of medicinal herbs of the genus .

Key words: Epimedium

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