Discovering a new plant species from Vietnam

Under the scientific research cooperation on the diversity of limestone floras of southern China and northern Vietnam, botanists from Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam Academy of Science & Technology, Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University, Vietnam, Guangxi Institute of Botany, Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region and Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, and the Gesneriad Society, USA, discovered and described a new plant species, namely Pseudochirita trifoliata T.V.Do & F.Wen (Gesneriaceae).

The new species differs from Pseudochirita guangxiensis by having leaves in whorls of three (vs. opposite in pairs), infundibuliform calyx tube (vs. campanulate to cupuliform), staminodes number (two vs. three), glabrous ovary (vs. glandular puberulent), glabrescent to glabrous style (vs. glandular puberulent) and longer capsule (5.5–7 cm long vs. 3–4.5 cm long).

The new species was discovered from Pu Luong-Cuc Phuong limestone mountain range in northern Vietnam. The result was published on Phytotaxa 489(2): 182-190 (2021).

Morphology of Pseudochirita trifoliata (Photos by Do Van Truong)

News: Vietnam National Museum of Nature, VAST
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