Biodiv Sci ›› 2022, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (6): 22061.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2022061

• Special Feature: Provincial Plant Species Cataloging Part 1 • Previous Articles     Next Articles

A checklist of vascular plants in Shaanxi Province, China (Version 2021)

Peiliang Liu1, Yuan Lu2,3, Cheng Du4, Zhenhai Wu5, Lulu Xun2,3, Bin Li2,3, Ming Yue1,2,3,*()   

  1. 1. College of Life Sciences, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069
    2. Xi’an Botanical Garden of Shaanxi Province/Shaanxi Botanical Institute, Xi’an 710061
    3. Shaanxi Engineering Research Centre for Conservation and Utilization of Botanical Resources, Xi’an 710061
    4. Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201602
    5. College of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100
  • Received:2022-02-05 Accepted:2022-04-22 Online:2022-06-20 Published:2022-05-07
  • Contact: Ming Yue


Aim: Shaanxi Province is located in the core areas of the Loess Plateau and the Qinling-Bashan Mountains in China. The diverse ecological and geographical environment harbors a rich plant diversity in Shaanxi. It is important to document and to emerge the species diversity and geographical distribution of the vascular plants in Shaanxi.
Method: Based on the summary of published literatures, we updated the checklist of vascular plants in Shaanxi Province, China.
Results: A total of 5,161 species and infraspecies taxa of wild, naturalized, and cultivated vascular plants were presented in this checklist, which belonging to 209 families, 1,316 genera, 4,701 species with 112 subspecies, 488 varieties, and 17 forms. A total of 214 species was supplemented comparing with the last version of the checklist, dominated by new records of wild plants in Shaanxi in recent years. New species and newly reported alien invasive plants also accounted for a small number. In this new checklist, the delimitations and arrangements of plant families follow new systems that largely based on molecular phylogenetics. An online dataset of the checklist in the Excel format is available to the public, making the acquirement, retrieval and utilization of the data smooth.
Conclusions: Our results show that continuous field surveys is still important in Shaanxi. Investigations into the Bashan Mountains should be promoted. The watch on the alien invasive plants should not be neglected.

Key words: species inventory, vascular plants, Shaanxi Province, Loess Plateau, Qinling-Bashan Mountains