Research Paper

Agapetes huangiana (Ericaceae), a new species from Southeast Xizang, China

Bin Yang, Ji-Dong Ya, Yi-Hua Tong, Ping-Yuan Wang, Cheng Liu, Wang-Lin Zhao, Zhen Liu, Yun-Hong Tan

Published on: 28 April 2022

Page: 254 - 259

DOI: 10.6165/tai.2022.67.254


Agapetes huangiana Bin Yang, Y.H.Tan & Y.H.Tong (Ericaceae) is described and illustrated as a new species endemic to Xizang, China. It is morphologically similar to A. guangxiensis D. Fang and A. epacridea Airy Shaw, but clearly differs in having thinly leathery leaf blades with verrucose-scabrid trichomes abaxially, shorter pedicel, and densely white-puberulent calyx and corolla.

Keyword: Agapetes epacridea, A. guangxiensis, floristic exploration, Mêdog, morphology, Taxonomy


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