Floral morphology resolves the taxonomy of <i>Camellia</i> L. (Theaceae) Sect. <i>Oleifera</i> and Sect. <i>Paracamellia</i>

  • W. Jiang School of Applied Sciences, Health Innovations Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne 3000, Victoria
  • M. Nitin College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, 321004
  • B. Jiang College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, 321004
  • Y. P. Zheng College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, 321004
  • S. S. Hong College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, 321004
  • H. F. Lu College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, 321004
Keywords: Camellia, Cladistic, Floral morphology, sect. Oleifera, sect. Paracamellia

Abstract

Numerical taxonomy and cladistic analysis of 19 species of Camellia L. were performed using floral morphology containing continuous and discrete units. The current study mostly supports the classifications of 19 species as proposed in previous works. In addition, it also agrees with combining the following species together: C. oleifera and C. vietnamensis; C. sasanqua and C. hiemalis; C. brevistyla and C. puniceiflora; and C. grijsii and C. shensiensis. Further, we propose that C. maliflora be recognized as a variety of C. sasanqua, and C. phaeoclada is best placed in sect. Paracamellia. Moreover, we conclude that these species can be combined: C. tenii and C. miyagii; and C. confusa and C. fluviatilis. Our study indicates that the numerical taxonomy and cladistic analysis based on morphological characters of floral organ is useful in species classification, and this technique appreciated in sect. Oleifera and sect. Paracamellia can be used for identification and classification of other taxa.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjpt.v19i2.13130

Bangladesh J. Plant Taxon. 19(2): 155-165, 2012 (December)

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Jiang, W., Nitin, M., Jiang, B., Zheng, Y., Hong, S., & Lu, H. (2012). Floral morphology resolves the taxonomy of <i>Camellia</i> L. (Theaceae) Sect. <i>Oleifera</i> and Sect. <i>Paracamellia</i&gt;. Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy, 19(2), 155-165. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjpt.v19i2.13130
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