Chirita luochengensis (Gesneriaceae), a new species from limestone areas in northern Guangxi, China


Chirita luochengensis, a new species of Gesneriaceae from Guangxi, China, is described and illustrated. The new species is similar to C. linearifolia in leaf shape, but can be distinguished by the apex of leaf blade obtuse to round, corolla purplish, 3–4.2 cm long, corolla tube 2–2.5 cm long, 10–15 mm diameter at the mouth, staminodes 3, disc ca. 2.5 mm in height, pistil 2.5–3 cm long, stigma obtrapeziform, 4 mm long, and apex shallowly 2-lobed.

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The authors are grateful to Prof. Fa-Nan Wei (IBK) for the Latin diagnosis. We also thank Mr. Shun-Qing He (IBK) for preparing the illustration. This study was supported by Western Program for Fostering Personal Ability, CAS (2007) and Knowledge Innovation Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Grant No. KSCX2-YW-Z-0912 to Yan Liu.

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Xu, WB., Huang, YS., Wu, L. et al. Chirita luochengensis (Gesneriaceae), a new species from limestone areas in northern Guangxi, China. Brittonia 63, 314–317 (2011).

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Key words

  • Chirita
  • limestone flora
  • new species
  • taxonomy