Biodiv Sci ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (6): 689-697.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2019032

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Recent taxonomic changes for Fabaceae (Leguminosae) genera in China

Jiang Kaiwen1,Pan Bo2,*(),Tian Bin1,*()   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Biodiversity Conservation in Southwest China, State Forestry Administration, Southwest Forestry University, Kunming 650224
    2 Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mengla, Yunnan 666303
  • Received:2019-02-11 Accepted:2019-04-13 Online:2019-06-20 Published:2019-05-28
  • Contact: Pan Bo,Tian Bin


Fabaceae (= Leguminosae) is the third largest plant family after Asteraceae and Orchidaceae. It contains ca. 791 genera and 19,325-19,560 species. Many taxa possess great economic and ecological significance. Since the publication of Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae in 1998, molecular systematics has continued to develop, and thus the classification categories of many genera have changed tremendously. In this paper, we summarize recent research results from both home and abroad (including 32 treatments and 4 newly recorded genera), compare these new changes with the treatment of legume genera in Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae and provide a reference for future taxonomic research into native Chinese legumes.

Key words: Fabaceae, taxonomy, China, genera, newly recorded genera, summary