Mistaken identity of East Asian vine species resolved after 100 years

Main report: Mistaken identity of East Asian vine species resolved after 100 years
(Kobe University Research News)
Other Reporting: Science Daily
Scientific Paper: Phytotaxa   
New Taxa: Kadsura matsudae
Categories: Lazarus Species | New Species | Plants
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New light has been shed on a misclassified vine species in the Ryukyu Islands of East Asia. This plant was first discovered in 1917 in Taiwan, when it was provisionally identified as Kadsura japonica. The plant was recently spotted again after 100 years, and further investigation proved that it was in fact a different species: Kadsura matsudae.

Male and female flowers of Kadsura japonica. Photo: Mori Sayoko, Toma Tsugutaka

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