J Syst Evol ›› 1981, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (1): 136-139.
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The “Iconographia Plantarum” written by Wu Chi-Tseng in the Qing Dynasty
(A. D. 1848) is a classical monumental work in the literature of botany. 1714 species
of plants widely-spread all over 19 provinces of our country, especeally in Jiangxi,
Hunan and Yunnan Provinces, were described in this book.
nan and Yunnan Provinces, were described try, especeally in Jiangxi, Hunan and Yun.
In order to make the plant names coincide with the original material as possible,
the author had commented upon chinese herbal in considerable detail. Most of the
plants were illustrated after their habitual appearence in somewhat clear manner.
As a means for identifying certain species of the plant, this work has been playing an
important role in development of modern botanical science in China.
In modern taxonomical books a great deal of chinese name of plants are originated
from this book, and they were available for reference to numerous researchers both at
home and abroad. On account of inadequate observation, a lot of mistakes or misleadings
occured in this book, and often been overlooked by the later botanists. Some of the
modern authors still adhere to the work “Iconographia Plantarum”and even quoting
the erroneous statement from it, thus we have to correct.
This paper annotates and commentates the misleading items of 36 species of plant,
and calls for the attention to the future readers.
Chen Chong-Ming. Nomenclatural revision of 36 species of plants in the Chinese herbae 《Zhi Wu Ming Shi Tu Kao》. J Syst Evol, 1981, 19 (1): 136-139.
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