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Ceropegia thaithongiae sp. nov. (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae) from northern Thailand and preliminary observations on impacts of climate change on its only known population
- Kidyoo, Manit, Paliyavuth, Chanita
- Nordic journal of botany 2017 v.35 no.3 pp. 281-288
- Ceropegia, climate change, corolla, ecosystems, leaves, new species, rootstocks, scientific illustration, taxon descriptions, trichomes, Thailand
- A new pendulous herb, Ceropegia thaithongiae Kidyoo (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae), is described from northern Thailand. This plant is strictly endemic to Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary and critically endangered owing to it living in an ecosystem affected by frequent natural disturbances. It is here described, illustrated and compared to the similar species, C. mairei. Both species have fusiform rootstocks, 1–2‐flowered cymes, deeply bifid outer corona lobes and linear, hairy inner corona lobes. However, the new species can be distinguished by its glabrous stem, leaf covered with hairs on both surfaces and glabrous corolla tube and lobes.