Plant Diversity ›› 2013, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (6): 791-809.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201313179

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A Comparison of Major Classifications of Chinese Lycophytes and Ferns

 WANG  Fan-Hong-1、2、3, LI  De-Zhu-1、2, XUE  Chun-Ying-1、2, LEI  Jin-Mei-1、2   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Kunming 650201,China; 2 Germplasm Bank of Wild Species, Kunming Institute of Botany, University of Chinese Academy
    of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China; 3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China  
  • Received:2013-09-12 Online:2013-11-25 Published:2013-10-08


 There are many differences in how Chinese lycophytes and ferns are classified in Ching’ classification, Fern Families and Genera of China (FFGC), Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae (FRPS), the new vascular plant linear classification (Christenhusz’s classification), and Flora of China (FOC). In this paper, we compare these major classifications at family and genus levels. We found 63 families and 223 genera of Chinese lycophytes and ferns listed in Ching’s classification, 63 families and 226 genera in FFGC, 61 families and 220 genera in FRPS, 38 families and 160 genera in the linear classification and 38 families and 177 genera listed in FOC. Details of variation in assignment of taxa to families and genera are highlighted, as well as disagreements in presenting Chinese names, Latin names and authorities of species. Some references for data searching and specimen identification are presented. This paper should provide a template for compiling an iFlora of Chinese lycophytes and ferns.

Key words: Ching’classification, Fern Families and Genera of China, Flora of China, Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae, iFlora, Linear classification, Lycophytes and ferns

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