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    Generic delimitation of Orchidaceae from China: current situation and perspective
    Weitao Jin, Xiaoguo Xiang, Xiaohua Jin
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 237-242.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2014268
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    A conception of establishing formal Chinese names of plants
    Xiuzhi Wu
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 259-263.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2014271
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    Nomenclatural novelties and new synonyms of Leguminosae in China
    Xiangyun Zhu
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 247-251.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015002
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    Diversity and distribution of gymnosperms in China
    Yong Yang
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 243-246.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015017
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    Species catalogue of Lauraceae in China: problems and perspectives
    Yong Yang, Bing Liu
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 232-236.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015027
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    On the rules for formulating Chinese names of a species with special reference to spiders
    Zhisheng Zhang, Jian Chen, Shuqiang Li, Xianjin Peng, Feng Zhang, Yanfeng Tong, Yucheng Lin
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 264-266.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015034
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    Advances in spider bioinventory in China
    Shuqiang Li, Yucheng Lin
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 267-270.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015045
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    New comments on the rules of choice of Chinese common names of genera of vascular plants in China
    Su Liu, Bing Liu
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 254-258.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015047
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    Overview of higher plant diversity in China
    Lisong Wang, Yu Jia, Xianchun Zhang, Haining Qin
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 217-224.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015049
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    According to an overview of higher plant diversity in China, China has 35,112 native species of higher plants belonging to 3,818 genera and 454 families. Among them, there are 3,045 bryophyte species in 602 genera and 151 families, 2,124 pteridophyte species in 176 genera and 38 families, 227 gymnosperm species in 37 genera and 8 families, and 29,716 angiosperm species in 3,003 genera and 257 families. Comparisons with recent estimates of global species diversity suggests that the species diversity of Chinese bryophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms account for 18.8%, 17.7%, 22.2% and 11.1%, respectively of the global totals. A total of 212 genera are endemic to China with 7 bryophytes, 2 pteridophytes, 7 gymnosperms, and 196 angiosperms. A total of 17,439 species are endemic to China including 524 bryophytes, 840 pteridophytes, 115 gymnosperms, and 15,960 angiosperms. The percentages of endemic species (POES) for each group in the country are 17.2%, 39.6%, 50.7%, and 53.7%, respectively. This translates to a POES of 49.7% for higher plants (including bryophytes, pteridophytes and seed plants), a POES of 52.8% for vascular plants (including pteridophytes and seed plants), and a POES of 53.7% for seeds plants (including gymnosperms and angiosperms). The top 10 families with highest species diversity are Asteraceae (227 genera/2,315 species), Poaceae (215/1,787), Fabaceae (141/1,631), Orchidaceae (205/1,556), Lamiaceae (103/975), Ranunculaceae (38/957), Rosaceae (53/954), Cyperaceae (32/871), Ericaceae (22/841), and Rubiaceae (94/696). The top 12 families with highest endemic genera are Gesneriaceae (26 genera), Asteraceae (18), Orchidaceae (14), Lamiaceae (11), Apiaceae (9), Brassicaceae (9), Apocynaceae (6), Poaceae (6), Melastomataceae (5), Boraginaceae (4), Rubiaceae (4), and Ranunculaceae (4). The top 10 genera with highest species diversity are Rhododendron (588 species), Carex (537), Astragalus (420), Pedicularis (363), Corydalis (357), Primula (310), Saussurea (293), Salix (279), Impatiens (274), and Gentiana (255). The top 10 genera with highest endemic species are: Rhododendron (433 species), Pedicularis (283), Carex (273), Corydalis (258), Astragalus (237), Impatiens (234), Primula (222), Berberis (209), Elatostema (207), and Saussurea (196). Diversity bearing with more than 5,000 species among the seven Chinese provinces is as follows: Yunnan (15,900 species), Sichuan (10,374), Tibet (7,629), Guangxi (7,399), Guizhou (6,405), Guangdong (5,498) and Taiwan (5,290). Among the 17 mega-diversity countries China is ranked the fourth when ordered by total species diversity and, seventh when ordered by POES.

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    Families and genera of Chinese angiosperms: a synoptic classification based on APG III
    Bing Liu, Jianfei Ye, Su Liu, Yuan Wang, Yong Yang, Yangjun Lai, Gang Zeng, Qinwen Lin
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 225-231.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015052
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    Angiosperms constitute the most diverse lineage of higher plants and are represented by ca. 300,000 living species that dominate the vegetation of terrestrial ecosystems. Number and composition of families, genera, and species are important to understanding global and regional biodiversity. Due to the rapid development of molecular systematics, circumscriptions of many traditional angiosperm families and genera have been revised. This study investigates circumscriptions of families and genera of native and introduced angiosperms in China according to the APG III classification system and recent phylogenetic studies. Results showed that there are 258 native and 55 introduced families (including 6 naturalized families), and 2,872 native and 1,605 introduced genera (including 152 naturalized genera) in China. A brief introduction to the historical and recent changes of circumscriptions of families and genera occurring in China was also provided. Our list included 115 newly recorded families and 1,729 newly recorded genera when compared to Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae, and 85 newly recorded families and 1,531newly recorded genera when compared to Flora of China.

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    Tools for standardization of plant names
    Junjie Wang, Guoke Chen, Keping Ma
    Biodiv Sci    2015, 23 (2): 252-253.   DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015055
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