Qiang Fan

Qiang Fan
Sun Yat-Sen University | SYSU · School of Life Sciences

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Commelina danxiaensis (Commelinaceae), a remarkable new species from Mount Danxia, Guangdong Province, China, is described and illustrated. This species is similar to C. communis in inflorescences and flowers but readily distinguishable in its nearly erect stems, larger flowers, and different petal colouration.
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Argostemma ehuangzhangense , a new Rubiaceae species from E’huangzhang Nature Reserve, Guangdong Province, China, is here described and illustrated. A morphological comparison between the new species and its putative relatives, A. lamxayanum , A. laotica and A. verticillatum , is presented. The new species is mostly similar to A. laotica , but they...
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The new species Eriobotrya crassifolia , collected from Yunnan Province, China, is characterised and illustrated. A phylogeny based on chloroplast genomes supported its closest affinity with E. tengyuehensis , while a phylogeny based on 197 single-copy nuclear genes supported its closest affinity with E. fragrans and E. deflexa . Morphologically, h...
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A new species, Wikstroemia fragrans (Thymelaeaceae, Daphneae), from Danxiashan National Park, Shaoguan, Guangdong of China is described and illustrated. It is similar to the sympatric W. trichotoma , but can be differentiated easily from the latter by its shorter racemose inflorescences, yellowish green calyx tube, and smaller leaves. It also resem...
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Pilea danxiaensis L.F.Fu, A.K.Monro & Y.G.Wei, a new species of Urticaceae from Danxia landform, Guangdong, China, is described and photographed. Phylogenetic analyses based on three DNA regions (ITS, trnL-F and rbcL ) suggest that the new species belongs to P. sect. Pilea. Within the section, the new species is morphologically most similar to P. s...
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Paraphlomis jinggangshanensis (Lamiaceae), a new species from Jiangxi Province, China, is described and illustrated. The new species is morphologically similar to P. intermedia , but can be easily distinguished from the latter by its cordate leaf base ( vs. cuneate, decurrent), stem and calyx tube with glandular hairs ( vs. short pubescent), and gl...
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The agarwood-producing genera, Aquilaria and Gyrinops, have been treated as sister genera in Thymelaeaceae (Aquilarieae, Malvales). However, there are differing opinions about their taxonomic positions. Using new evidence from complete plastid genome (plastome) sequences of 12 Aquilaria spp. and seven Gyrinops spp., corresponding to more than half...
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Global climate changes during the Miocene may have created ample opportunities for hybridization between members of tropical and subtropical biomes at the boundary between these zones. Yet, very few studies have explored this possibility. The Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau (YGP) in Southwest China is a biodiversity hotspot for vascular plants, located in a...
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Lespedeza danxiaensis (Fabaceae), a new species from Danxiashan National Nature Reserve in Guangdong Province, is described and illustrated. The new species is morphologically similar to Lespedeza pilosa , but it can be easily distinguished by its thin leathery leaflets and long peduncles. Phylogenetic analysis based on ITS confirmed that the new s...
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The diverse members of the genus Daphne are prized for their fragrant flowers. Despite being promising ornamental plants in many countries, genetic information of Daphne is scarce. In this study, the plastomes of four species and one variety of Daphne were sequenced and analyzed. The plastomes were typical and contained a pair of inverted repeat (I...
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Danxia landform occurring sporadically in southern China is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology. It has nurtured about 400 rare or threatened plant and animal species, whose diversity, endemism, and conservation have called increasing scientific and public attentions. Among them, Primulina danxiaensis (W. B. Liao, S. S. Lin, and R. J. Shen)...
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Polygonatum odoratum (Mill.) Druce (Asparagaceae, Asparagales) is a widely cultivated medicinal herb in China. However, this useful herb is understudied despite being known as a medicinal resource with top grade medical and edible properties since long. In this study, P. odoratum and four cultivars were investigated. The variations in morphological...
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The processed root of Wikstroemia indica, also known as Wikstroemiae Radix (WR), is known as a time-honored traditional herbal medicine demonstrating health-promoting properties. Although W. indica is valuable, its molecular information on this medicinal plant is limited. In this study, we reported the complete chloroplast (cp) genome sequences of...
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Viola huizhouensis (Violaceae), a new species from Xiangtoushan National Nature Reserve of Guangdong Province in China, is described and illustrated. The new species is most similar to V. guangzhouensis , but it can be easily distinguished by its much stouter rhizome, lack of aerial stem, dense pubescence of the basal pedicel and the whole plant. O...
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Eriobotrya shanense, a new species from the karst region of Shan State, eastern Myanmar, is described and illustrated. This evergreen tree is similar to the autumn and winter-flowering, large-leaved species E. malipoensis and E. japonica by having tomentose hairs on the abaxial leaf surface, but can be distinguished by its obovate, widely obellipti...
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As a consequence of hybridization, polyploidization, and apomixis, the genus Cotoneaster (Rosaceae) represents one of the most complicated and controversial lineages in Rosaceae, with ca. 370 species which have been classified into two subgenera and several sections, and is notorious for its taxonomic difficulty. The infrageneric relationships and...
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Pyracantha is naturally distributed from East Asia to the southeastern Europe regions, and seven species, including five endemic species, were recorded in China. Taxonomic problems within the genus persist, in which the identity of Pyracantha crenulata complex is not clear when referring to the existing species dichotomous key. P. crenulata complex...
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Chunia bucklandioides, a threatened species of the monotypic Chunia (Exbucklandi-oideae, Hamamelidaceae) that was known only from Hainan Island, China, is reported here for the flora of Vietnam. Chunia bucklandioides is most similar to Exbucklandia populnea, but differs from it mainly by floral characters such as inflorescences (spicate 12-16-flowe...
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We demonstrate with morphological characters that the species Pterostyrax burmanicus W.W.Sm. & Farrer and Parastyrax macrophyllus C.Y.Wu & K.M.Feng (Styracaceae) are best placed in the genus Rehderodendron Hu. Rehderodendron burmanicum (W.W.Sm. & Farrer) W.Y.Zhao, P.W.Fritsch & W.B.Liao, comb. nov. and Rehderodendron macrophyllum (C.Y.Wu & K.M.Feng...
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Sorbus insignis (Hook. f.) Hedl., belonging to S. sect. Multijugae Yu is an epiphytic shrub. Its phylogenetic position is still poorly understood. In this study, we assembled its complete chloroplast genome from whole-genome high-throughput sequencing data. The chloroplast genome was 159, 993 bp in length, with a large single-copy (LSC) region of 8...
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Edgeworthia chrysantha is a subtropical plant with significant medicinal value. Herein, we assembled and characterized the complete chloroplast genome of E. chrysantha as genomic resource for future study. The genome consisted a total length of 172,446 bp, comprising of a large single-copy (LSC) region of 85,527 bp, a small single-copy (SSC) region...
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Since its publication in 1988, Rehderodendron gongshanense (Styracaceae) has been considered endemic to Gongshan County, Yunnan Province, China and northern Myanmar. Based on morphological data from detailed field observations and examination of herbarium specimens, we demonstrate that R. gongshanense is actually a synonym of R. microcarpum, a spec...
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Photinia, Stranvaesia and Heteromeles are considered to be related genera belonging to the tribe Maleae of Rosaceae. Stranvaesia comprises five species distributed in eastern Asia while Photinia consists of about 30 species found in eastern Asia and Mexico. Heteromeles is a monotypic genus distributed in northwestern Mexico and southwestern US. Dis...
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Eriobotrya laoshanica , a new species of Rosaceae from Yunnan, China, is described and illustrated. The new species is easily distinguished from the most similar species E. malipoensis K. C. Kuan by its longer petioles (2–5 vs. 0.5–1 cm); indumentum on the lower leaf surfaces (densely tomentose vs. glabrous); much fewer flowers (15- to 30-flowered...
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Danxiaorchis singchiana (Orchidaceae) is a leafless mycoheterotrophic orchid in the subfamily Epidendroideae. We sequenced the complete plastome of D. singchiana. The plastome has a reduced size of 87,931 bp, which includes a pair of inverted repeat (IR) regions of 13,762 bp each that are separated by a large single copy (LSC) region of 42,575 bp a...
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Hiking is a popular recreational activity and to cater to public demand, it is apt to increase the number of hiking trails. Various methodologies have been proposed to evaluate the suitability of forest trails to be constructed as hiking trails, but they can be costly and require relevant knowledge in analyzing digital information through a high-th...
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Historical climate oscillations and tectonic events have influenced the speciation and evolutionary history of many organisms. In this study, we chose Fokienia hodginsii (Cupressaceae s.l.), a Tertiary relict conifer, for the inference of the demographic history since the Neogene. Five chloroplast regions and two single‐copy nuclear genes were ampl...
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Saxifraga damingshanensis (Saxifragaceae), a new species from Damingshan Nature Reserve in Guangxi Province, is described and illustrated. A morphological comparison between the new species and its putative relatives, S. mengtzeana and S. luoxiaoensis , is presented. The new species is morphologically similar to S. mengtzeana , but it can be easily...
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Weed invasion is a prevailing problem in modestly managed lawns. Less attention has been given to the exploration of the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) under different invasion pressures from lawn weeds. We conducted a four-season investigation into a Zoysia tenuifolia Willd. ex Thiele (native turfgrass)–threeflower beggarweed [ Desmodi...
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Rhodoleia Champion ex Hooker is one of the most primitive relict genera of Hamamelidaceae, a key family exploited to understand the origin and early evolution of flowering plants. Genomic simple sequence repeats (SSRs) were developed for R. championii to perform genetic diversity, phylogeographical structure or even systematic evolution studies of...
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Rehderodendron truongsonense, a new species from Vietnam, is described and illustrated. In the treatment of the Styracaceae for the Flore du Cambodge, du Laos, et du Viêtnam, specimens of this species were recognized as R. macrocarpum Hu. These specimens clearly differ from R. macrocarpum, however, as well as from all other species of Rehderodendro...
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Range-wide population studies of wide spread species are often associated with complex diversity patterns resulting from genetically divergent evolutionary significant units (ESUs). The compound evolutionary history creating such a pattern of diversity can be inferred through molecular analyses. Asparagus cochinchinensis, a medicinally important pe...
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Polygonatum humile (Asparagaceae) is a medicinal and food plant that is naturally distributed in the North East Asia region and East of Russia. Here we report on the complete chloroplast (cp) genome sequence of P. humile. The cp genome is 155,313 bp in size and includes two inverted repeat regions of 26,302 bp each, which is separated by a large si...
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Hamamelidaceae (Saxifragales, previously Rosales) comprises approximately six subfamily, 30 genera and 140 species, most of which are Tertiary relicts. Exbucklandia is the only genus of the subfamily Exbucklandioideae, Hamelidaceae, containing only 2–4 species. Of them, the species E. longipetala H. T. Chang is endemic to China and listed as endang...
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Premise: Ixonanthes (Ixonanthaceae) consists of between three and 19 species, among which I. chinensis and I. khasiana are considered vulnerable. Here, 58 microsatellite markers were developed for further conservation of these two Ixonanthes species. Methods and results: RNA transcripts of I. chinensis were sequenced and assembled into 19,545 un...
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After critically checking the type materials, we find that Photinia raupingensis and P. prunifolia var. denticulata are merged into P. prunifolia and are reduced as synonyms. Lectotypes of P. prunifolia (≡P. serrulata var. prunifolia), P. melanostigma, P. consimilis and P. raupingensis have been designated here.
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Morinda officinalis How (Rubiaceae) is well known as one of the four most popular medicinal plants in the southern region of China. In order to assess its genetic diversity and assist the development of its molecular assisted-selection breeding in China, we constructed the transcriptome database of M. officinalis using fresh leaf material and devel...
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Premise of the Study Hamamelis mollis (Hamamelidaceae) is a Tertiary relict species endemic to southern China. Polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed to reveal the genetic diversity of this species. Methods and Results The genome of H. mollis was sequenced and de novo assembled into 642,351 contigs. A total of 72,097 paired primers were...
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Fokienia hodginsii is a Tertiary relict conifer of the monotypic genus Fokienia (Cupressaceae s.l.). Currently, the species is distributed in southern China, northern Vietnam, and northern Laos and listed as a "near threatened" species by the IUCN. In this study, a total of 427 individuals of F. hodginsii were sampled from China and Vietnam to char...
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Critical examination of herbarium specimens (including type materials) has shown that Stranvaesia microphylla described from Vietnam is conspecific with Photinia davidiana var. undulata (≡Stranvaesia davidiana var. undulata), which is widely distributed in China. Therefore, S. microphylla is reduced as a synonymy of P. davidiana var. undulata. Addi...
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The fern genus Hymenasplenium (Aspleniaceae) is one of the two genera in the family. It is generally recognized among modern pteridologists. However, its infrageneric relationships and species diversity have been unclear and controversial. The molecular studies so far have had small taxon and character sampling. In the present study, DNA sequences...
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Chunia bucklandioides H. T. Chang is the only species of Chunia and its distribution is confined to the Diaoluo Mountain and the Jingfeng Mountain in Hainan, China. This rare species has been included in the China Plant Red Data Book and is also listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List. Here we assembled its complete chloroplast genome using dat...
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Melastoma dendrisetosum is an extremely narrowly distributed taxon endemic to the Diaoluo Mountain region in Hainan, China, and was recently taxonomically incorporated under a widespread species, M. sanguineum. Based on its distinct morphological traits, especially the indumentumon the hypanthium, we propose that it should represent a distinct spec...
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Ilex calcicola (Aquifoliaceae), a new species from western Guangxi, China, is described, illustrated, and compared to two morphologically similar species: I. mamillata and I. wuana. The scanning electron micrographs of pollen grains and stomata of this new species are also showed in the plate. I. calcicola is currently known only from the limestone...
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Premise of the study Brainea insignis (Aspleniaceae) is an endangered tree fern in China whose wild populations have been seriously damaged due to overexploitation. Expressed sequence tag–simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) primers were developed to investigate its genetic diversity and provide resources for future conservation studies. Methods and R...
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A new species, Bredia changii W.Y. Zhao, X.H. Zhan & W.B. Liao (Melastomataceae) is described from Jiangxi Province, China. Bredia changii is distinguished from other species of Bredia by its slender, creeping stem and terminal, solitary flower (seldom two flowers) and stamens almost equal in shape and length. The species is most similar to Bredia...
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Hybridization accompanied by polyploidization and apomixis has been demonstrated as a driving force in the evolution and speciation of many plants. A good example to study the evolutionary process of hybridization associated with polyploidy and apomixis is the genus Cotoneaster (Rosaceae), which includes approximately 150 species, most of which are...
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Inferring the origins of hybrid taxa based on morphology alone is difficult because morphologically similar hybrids can arise from hybridization between different populations of the same parental species or be produced by hybridization of different parental species. In this study, we investigated the origins of two semi-creeping taxa in Melastoma,...
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Premise of the study To examine population differentiation, simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were developed in Barthea barthei, a shrub with a disjunct distribution in the southern mainland of China and Taiwan. Methods and Results We used Illumina HiSeq technology to sequence a genomic library for SSR identification. Twenty-seven SSR loci were...
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A new species, Ilex venusta, is described and illustrated from the Luoxiao Mountains, Jiangxi Province, China. It is included in a phylogenetic analysis using nuclear ribosomal nrITS and two plastid DNA markers (the atpB-rbcL and trnL-F spacers). This species is a member of Ilex sect. Paltoria., which can be distinguished from other sections in Ile...
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Premise of the study Fokienia hodginsii (Cupressaceae) is a Tertiary relict evergreen conifer of the monotypic genus Fokienia. Polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed to investigate its genetic diversity and population structure. Methods and Results RNA transcripts of F. hodginsii were sequenced and de novo assembled into 85,818 unigenes...
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Long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons constitute the majority of the content of angiosperm genomes, but their evolutionary dynamics remain poorly understood. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of a putative full-length (~9550 bp) Ty1/copia-like retrotransposon in Excoecaria agallocha and its evolution in Euphorbiaceae. The so-...
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Mangrove forests are one of the most special forest ecosystems as a hub for marine biotope, yet they are also one of the most threatened and vulnerable ecosystems. Field investigations showed that many populations of Myoporum bontioides (Myoporaceae), a mangrove associate species recorded in southern China, southern Japan and northern Vietnam, have...
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Premise of the study Chunia bucklandioides (Hamamelidaceae), endemic to Hainan, China, is listed as threatened in the IUCN Red List and is now only found on Mt. Diaoluo and Mt. Jianfeng. Thus, microsatellite markers were developed for future conservation genetic studies of this species. Methods and Results A total of 115 primers were designed on t...
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The botanical journal Sunyatsenia was founded by Professor Chun Woon-Young in 1930 and named in honor of Sun Yatsen. Sunyatsenia was one of the earliest English taxonomic journals in China; it was also