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Journal of Tea Science ›› 2021, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (4): 439-453.doi: 10.13305/j.cnki.jts.2021.04.001

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Thinking on the Taxonomy of Camellia sect. Thea

YANG Shixiong   

  1. Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China
  • Received:2020-08-10 Revised:2020-09-23 Online:2021-08-15 Published:2021-08-12

Abstract: Camellia sect. Thea, a group of high economic value, is extremely complicated in taxonomy because of the diversity and the continuity of interspecies morphological characters. There exist lots of controversies of current classification systems about sectional taxonomic circumscription and species definition. Here the taxonomic history of Sect. Thea was systematically reviewed. Some taxonomists’ views on the causes of the taxonomic confusion and how to improve the taxonomy were also presented.

Key words: Camellia, Sect. Thea, Taxonomy

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