Adenophora morrisonensis Hayata subsp. uehatae (Yamam.) Lammers (CAMPANULACEAE) 高山沙參

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Adenophora morrisonensis Hayata subsp. uehatae (Yamam.) Lammers



The name of the genus Adenophora, meaning gland-bearing, was derived from Greek. It refers to the distinctive tubular nectary disk that surrounds the base of the style. Adenophora, comprising more than 50 species, is confined to Eurasia, with a center of diversity in eastern Asia. Plants of this genus are often sought after as valuable ornamental or medicinal herbs. Two species, Adenophora triphylla (Thunb.) A. DC. and A. morrisonensis Hayata, occur in Taiwan. Two subspecies, namely subsp. uehatae and subsp. morrisonensis, both endemic, are recognized under A. morrisonensis Hayata. Subspecies uehatae, occurring on sheltered scree in the alpine zone, has only one or two flowers. Subspecies morrisonensis usually growing at edges of thickets and forests in the subalpine zone, has a racemose inflorescence.


Photo by Kuo-Fang Chung
Legend by Ching-I Peng & Maolun Weng
Digital Archives of Indigenous Plants of Taiwan, Academia Sinica

Text and images are provided by TELDAP e-Newsletter (August, 2009)