TITLE Miehea (Family Leskeaceae), a genus new to moss flora of China
AUTHOR Tzen-Yuh Chiang
Department of Biology, Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan 700, Republic of China
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ABSTRACT Miehea indica (Dixon) Ochyra is reported as a new generic and species record of the moss flora of China. Although Miehea appeared on the annotated checklist of Chinese mosses of Redfearn et al. (1996), no voucher specimen was ever cited. The taxonomic position of Miehea remains uncertain. It was either put in the Hylocomiaceae based on the presence of foliose paraphyllia and a sympodial growth-form or in the Thuidiaceae on the basis of shared leaf-shape and leaf areolation. After examining the ontogeny of the undivided and foliose paraphyllia of M. indica, a closer relationship to Leskeaceae is thus proposed.
KEYWORD China; Leskeaceae; Miehea; New record; Ontogenetic transformations; Undivided paraphyllia;
ARTICLE INFO Botanical Bulletin of Academia Sinica, Volume 38 Number 4 October 1997, page 263-266, 4 pages
PUBLISHER Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China