Distribution and diversity of twelve Curcuma species in China

Lanyue Zhang, Jingwen Wei, Zhiwen Yang, Feng Chen, Qiqiu Xian, Ping Su, Wanyi Pan, Kun Zhang, Xi Zheng, Zhiyun Du

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Genus Curcuma a wild species presents an important source of valuable characters for improving the cultivated Curcuma varieties. Based on the collected germplasms, herbariums, field surveys and other literatures, the ecogeographical diversity of Genus Curcuma and its potential distributions under the present and future climate are analysed by DIVA-GIS. The results indicate Genus Curcuma is distributed over 17 provinces in China, and particularly abundant in Guangxi and Guangdong provinces. The simulated current distributions are close to the actual distribution regions. In the future climate, the suitable areas for four Curcuma species will be extended, while for other three species the regions will be significantly decreased, and thus these valuable resources need protecting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-330
Number of pages4
JournalNatural Product Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Organic Chemistry


  • Genus Curcuma
  • climate change
  • diversity
  • ecological distribution


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