On the identity of Goodyera rosulacea (Orchidaceae: Orchidoideae: Cranichideae: Goodyerinae)


Morphological studies based on the protologues, observations of herbarium specimens and field surveys suggest that Goodyera rosulacea is a synonym of G. brachystegia. According to genetic studies, accessions of G. rosulacea and G. brachystegia form a single clade in the phylogenetic trees obtained from analyses of the nuclear ribosomal DNA ITS region and four plastid regions (accD-psaI, matK, trnK-rps16 and trnL-F). This phylogenetic evidence further underpins the conclusion that the two names refer to one and the same species.

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We are grateful to the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30900077) and for the China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship awarded to Huai Zhen Tian.

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Zhou, S., Zhou, X.X., Jin, Y. et al. On the identity of Goodyera rosulacea (Orchidaceae: Orchidoideae: Cranichideae: Goodyerinae). Kew Bull 75, 3 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-019-9855-9

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