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Aster dianchuanensis (Asteraceae, Astereae), a new species from Yunnan and Sichuan, China

  • Jia-Wei Xiao
  • Jun-Jie Liao
  • Wei-Ping LiEmail author


Aster dianchuanensis J.W.Xiao & W.P.Li (Asteraceae, Astereae), a new species from Yunnan and Sichuan, China, is described and illustrated with photographs. Morphological data and a phylogenetic analysis based on a combined ITS, ETS and trnL-F dataset, suggest that A. dianchuanensis is a distinct species closely related to A. tongolensis. The new species differs from the latter by its few-branched stems (vs simple in A. tongolensis), basal rosette and lower cauline leaves marcescent at anthesis (vs present at anthesis), larger middle cauline leaves (3 – 5.8 × 0.7 cm – 1.2 vs 1 – 4 × 0.2 – 0.9 cm), capitula 2 – 5 in lax corymbiform inflorescence (vs solitary capitula), 3 – 4 (5 –)-seriate phyllaries (vs 2- or 3-seriate), unequal (rarely equal) disc floret lobes (vs equal, or rarely unequal).

Key Words

Compositae molecular phylogeny morphological comparisons taxonomy 



We thank the reviewers for their useful comments, suggestions and questions. We also thank the curators of CDBI, E, GH, IBSC, KUN, P, PE and WU for allowing us to examine specimens; Mr Zhi Li & Ms Yi-Chang Xiong for help with the experiments. This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC-31370265), the Cooperative Innovation Center of Engineering and New Products for Developmental Biology of Hunan Province (20134486), the Hunan Provincial Construct Program of the Key Discipline in Ecology (0713) and Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Crop Sterility Mechanism and Sterile Germplasm Resources Innovation and Application (2016TP1011).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Life SciencesHunan Normal UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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