Agapetes brevipedicellata (Ericaceae), a new species from Northern Myanmar

Agapetes brevipedicellata (Ericaceae), a new species from northern Myanmar, were published on Phytotaxa.

Agapetes D. Don ex G. Don (1834: 862) (Ericaceae: subfamily Vaccinioideae Arn.: tribe Vaccinieae Rchb.; blueberry tribe) comprises ca. 120 species and is mainly distributed in eastern Himalaya. Currently 58 Agapetes species are recorded from Myanmar, including three new species and one new variety described by Chinese and Japanese botanists from 2014 to 2016.

During the recent China-Myanmar joint field expeditions to survey plant diversity in northern Myanmar, several specimens of an interesting Agapetes with fleshy branchlets and stout pedicels were collected around Putao, Kachin State. Based on a detailed examination of the morphological and anatomical characters of our material and possible similar species, we concluded that the specimens belong to a species new to science, which we described as Agapetes brevipedicellata. It is morphologically similar to Agapetes pseudogriffithii, but can be easily distinguished from the latter. It has  fleshy, pendulous branchlets, linear-lanceolate leaf blades, stout, fleshy, bracteate peduncles, pedicels and calyx pale greenish tinged with pale pink, and stems and branches with prominent leaf and inflorescence scars.

This work was financially supported by a project of the Southeast Asia BiodiversityResearch Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Y4ZK111B01).The result published as "Agapetes brevipedicellata (Ericaceae), a new species from Putao, Kachin State, Northern Myanmar" on Phytotaxa.


Agapetes brevipedicellata Y. H. Tan & S.S. Zhou. A–B. Habit. C. Flowering branchlet. D. Inflorescence. E. Inflorescence with flowers in apical view. G. Inflorescence with flowers in lateral view. H. Leaves showing abaxial and adaxial surfaces. I. Flowers showing pedicel, calyx and style. J. Corolla opened to show outer surface. K. Flowers showing pedicel, calyx and corolla. L. Stamens.