Wangsania, a new genus of Apiaceae endemic to Korea

  • Lee, Byoung Yoon (Division of Plant Resources, National Institute of Biological Resources) ;
  • Lim, Jina (Division of Plant Resources, National Institute of Biological Resources) ;
  • Hong, Jaram (Division of Plant Resources, National Institute of Biological Resources) ;
  • Kwak, Myounghai (Division of Plant Resources, National Institute of Biological Resources) ;
  • Hyun, Jin-Oh (Northeastern Asia Biology Institute)
  • Received : 2016.05.23
  • Accepted : 2017.02.07
  • Published : 2017.02.28


Wangsania, a new genus of Apiaceae from limestone areas and typified by W. insolens (Kitagawa) B.Y. Lee & J.O. Hyun, is described from Gangwon-do, Korea. Wangsania insolens was initially treated as Peucedanum insolens Kitagawa due to similarity with Peucedaunm cervaria, but it differs markedly in its unique morphological characters, such as rarely branched roots and a single basal leaf with 3 or -4 ternately dissected leaflets. These characters apparently represent apomorphies for Wangsania. The parsimony analysis of nuclaer ribosomal DNA ITS sequences revealed Wangsania to be not closely related to either Peucedanum or to any of 14 different tribes or clades within subfamily Apioideae.


Apiaceae;New genus;Peucedaum insolens;Wangsania insolens


Grant : Inventory and management of endemic species of Korea

Supported by : National Institute of Biological Resources


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