Plant Diversity ›› 2015, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (4): 401-406.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201514136

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Notes on Melanoseris lessertiana (Lactucinae, Asteraceae) and Morphologically Allied Species in the PanHimalayan Region

 WANG  Ze-Huan-1, Kilian  Norbert2, PENG  Hua-1   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy
    of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China; 2 Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum BerlinDahlem,
    Freie Universitt Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Received:2014-10-20 Online:2015-07-25 Published:2015-01-16


Based on detailed study of available specimens and perusal of literature, it is shown that Melanoseris lessertiana or Mulgedium lessertianum is not present in China and corresponding reports in the floristic literature of China actually refer to a species originally described as Mulgedium qinghaicum, and correctly placed as Melanoseris qinghaica, a species here reported for the first time also for Bhutan. Mqinghaica can be clearly distinguished from Mlessertiana by achene shape and anther tube length. The rare and little known Yunnan endemic, originally described as Lactuca monocephala and tentatively considered as conspecific with Mlessertiana recently, is confirmed as an independent species related to the Matropurpurea complex. Of two recently described species from N Pakistan and Kashmir morphologically allied to Mlessertiana, Cicerbita alii is confirmed as a separate species and transferred to Melanoseris, while Castorensis is considered as conspecifc with Mlessertiana.

Key words: Mulgedium, Melanoseris, Cicerbita, Lactuca, taxonomy, Lactucinae, Asteraceae

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