Plant Diversity ›› 2011, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (01): 101-122.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2011.11005

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Liverworts and Hornworts of Fujian, China: an Updated Checklist and Bryofloristic Accounts

ZHANG  Xiao-Qing-1, ZHU  Rui-Liang-1, HUANG  Zhi-Sen-2, CHEN  Yun-Tai-2, CHEN  Wen-Wei-2   

  1. 1 Department of Biology, School of Life Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China;
    2 Daiyunshan National Nature Reserve, Dehua 362503, China
  • Received:2011-01-07 Online:2011-01-21 Published:2011-01-24
  • Supported by:

    This research was sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30825004), the Program of Shanghai Subject Chief Scientist (08XD14016), and 211 Project for the East China Normal University


Fujian, located in the subtropics of southeastern China, is a province on the southeast cost of China directly across from Taiwan. Although the diversity of vascular plants of Fujian has been extensively studied, the diversity of liverworts and hornworts of this province is poorly understood. In this study, an updated checklist of Fujian liverworts and hornworts is provided based on published bryological literatures and our recent fieldwork as well as some specimens deposited in the herbarium of East China Normal University. The liverwort and hornwort flora of Fujian consists of 351 species of liverworts belonging to 79 genera in 41 families, and six species of hornworts belonging to four genera in one family. The present paper contributes 82 species as new records for this province. Tropical and subtropical families, such as Lejeuneaceae (94 spp.), Frullaniaceae (32 spp.), Plagiochilaceae (25 spp.), Radulaceae (23 spp.) and Lepidoziaceae (21 spp.) are the primary components of Fujian liverwort and hornwort flora. Sixty-three genera are represented by fewer than five species including 33 with only one representative species. The areal-type of Fujian liverworts and hornworts is mainly dominated by the East Asia element, the Tropical Asia element and the North Temperate element. Only one species, Solenostoma parviperianthum, is endemic to this province. In comparison with Taiwan, despite the close affinity, the diversity and the endemism of Fujian liverworts and hornworts are still far behind those of Taiwan.

Key words: Anthocerotophyta, Biodiversity, Flora, Marchantiophyta, Fujian

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