Plant Diversity ›› 2012, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (3): 231-238.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2012.12012

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A Comparison of Classifications of Families of Chinese VascularPlants among Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae, Flora of China and the New Classifications

 LUO  Yiang-1、2、5, HE  Yan-Biao-3, LI  De-Zhu-1、2, WANG  Yu-Hua-3、4, YI  Ting-Shuang-2, WANG  Hong-1、2   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201,
    China; 2 Germplasm Bank of Wild Species, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China;
    3 Information Center, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China;
    4 Key Laboratory of Economic Plants and Biotechnology, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Kunming 650201, China; 5 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2012-02-03 Online:2012-06-25 Published:2012-03-07

Abstract:

Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae (FRPS) and Flora of China (FOC) are the Floras with the largest number of plant species recorded so far in the world, both of which have provided comprehensive scientific database for effective conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity and plant resources. Based on molecular data, the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group’s system of classification was proposed in 1998, and updated in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Such approach was also applied to other groups of vascular plants. As molecular systematics enters into a mature phase, the linear sequences derived from the new molecularbased framework classifications such as APG has been widely adopted to the study and application for entire vascular plants. In this paper, we compare Chinese vascular plants at the family level among Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae, Flora of China and the new classifications. It is confirmed that there are 38 (out of a total of 48) families of lycophytes and ferns, 10 (out of 12) families of gymnosperms and 261 (out of 414) families of angiosperms in China. Although the total number of families of Chinese vascular plants does not vary as much as expected (300 in FRPS, and 309 in FOC and APG, respectively), the circumscriptions of a number of families changed greatly. In addition, we also discussed the changes of some important families of angiosperms in China.

Key words: Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae, Flora of China, APG system, Linear sequences, Molecular phylogenetics, Vascular plants

CLC Number: 

  • Q 949