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Phylogenetic analyses reveal the Chinese medical plant “Beimu” Fritillaria ebeiensis as a separate species

Xue-Ping WEI, Li LUO, Hong-Wu LAI, Ben-Gang ZHANG, Yao-Dong QI
Phytotaxa 369 (1): 028–036 (2018)
Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substances and Resources Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ministry of Education, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

Wei et al. 2018


The Chinese medical plant “Beimu” Fritillaria ebeiensis has been merged in F. anhuiensis. In this study, we used ITS, two plastid (rpl16 and matK) markers, and morphological characters to investigate the relationship between F. ebeiensis and F. anhuiensis. The results show that F. ebeiensis is phylogenetically distinct from F. anhuiensis. In addition, the morphology of both leaf epidermis and bulbs are different between the two species. As a consequence, we treat F. ebeiensis as a separate species, rather than synonymy of F. anhuiensis.

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