As part of a cooperative research program between the Institute of Tropical Biology under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the Asian Conservation Ecology Centre of Kyushu University in Japan, scientists have discovered and depicted a new plant species belonging to the Rubiaceae Family in the Hon Ba Nature Reserve, Khanh Hoa Province, which was named Tarenna Aurantiaca. This is the sixth new species after Lasianthus honbaensis, Lasianthus yaharae, Eustigma honbaense, Aporosa tetragona, Goniothalamus flagellistylus, which were found in the Hon Ba Nature Reserve in this cooperative program.
The new species, Tarenna aurantiaca, is described on the sample collected at the height of 617 meters in the common forests. This new species features a wild tree which is 3 meters high. Opposite, inverted or elliptical leaves sized 12.5-22.2 x 3.4-7.1 centimeters with pointed top and wedge-shaped bottom. Flowers are produced in orange colour in groups at the head of the branch. The fruits are in globular, green and hairy, with many seeds.
Characteristics of Tarenna aurantiaca (Photo: Dr. Shuichiro Tagane)
The discovery of the new species was published in Acta phytotaxonomica et geobotanica, volume 68, No. 2, pages 93-100, in 2017.
Translated by Phuong Huyen
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