Alseodaphnopsis: A new genus of Lauraceae based on molecular and morphological evidence

 Yue-qing Mo1,2, Lang Li1, Jian-wu Li3, Jens G. Rohwer4, Hsi-wen Li5, Jie Li1*

1 Plant Phylogenetics & Conservation Group, Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, P. R. China, 
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China, 
3 Herbarium (HITBC), Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun, Yunnan, P. R. China,
4 Biozentrum Klein Flottbek, Universitaè t Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 
5 Herbarium (KUN), Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, P. R. China
PubYear : 2017
Volume : online
Publication Name: PLoS ONE
Page number :1-14
Abstract: An investigation of a questionable species of the genus Alseodaphne led to the discovery of a new genus Alseodaphnopsis H. W. Li & J. Li, gen. nov., separated from Alseodaphne Nees, and a new species Alseodaphnopsis ximengensis H. W. Li & J. Li, sp. nov., endemic to Yunnan province, China. This new species is characterized by having big, axillary, paniculate inflorescences, as well as large, subglobose fruits. Based on DNA sequence data from two gene regions (nuclear ribosomal ITS and LEAFY intron II), we investigate its phylogenetic position within the Persea group. Phylogenies using maximum parsimony (MP) and Bayesian inference (BI) support the recognition of Alseodaphnopsis as a distinct genus but do not resolve well its relationship within the Persea group. The new genus is circumscribed, eight new combinations for its species are made, and a description and illustration of the new species are provided.
Funding: This work is funded by Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science(Y4ZK111B01).