Camellia flosculora: a new species of Camellia section Thea series Sinenses (Theaceae) from Vietnam

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A new species of Camellia is described from material collected from Hon Giao Mountain, Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, southern Vietnam. The analysis and figures demonstrate how Camellia flosculora differs from other known Camellia species and illustrate the new species, which is characterized by relatively small leaf blades, short pedicels, and very small flowers with short stamens and styles. The morphology of the newly described species justifies its taxonomic placement in Camellia section Thea series Sinenses.

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We give special thanks to the management and staff of the Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park and Dalat University for their cooperation and support throughout the fieldwork that resulted in the discovery of Camellia flosculora. We also thank the manuscript reviewers for their constructive feedback.

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Le, V.S., Curry, A.S., Truong, Q.C. et al. Camellia flosculora: a new species of Camellia section Thea series Sinenses (Theaceae) from Vietnam. Brittonia (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12228-020-09646-5

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Keywords

  • Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park
  • cool-temperate evergreen forest
  • Hon Giao Mountain
  • Lam Dong Province
  • Taxonomy