J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1961, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (3): -.
• Research Articles •
C.K. Tseng and C.F. Chang
A survey of the descriptions of economic marine algae appearing in Chinese herbals and coastal
districts records of about the first century to the nineteenth century revealed that the hundreds of
items belived to be descriptions of economic marine algae belong to 59 names. These when
botanically analyzed represent 21 species belonging to 16 genera among which are 4 species of
green algae belonging to 3 genera, 6 species of brown algae belonging to 5 genera, 1 species of
blue-green algae belonging to 1 genus, and 10 species of red algae belonging to 7 genera; besides,
there are 4 groups of names which according to the descriptions available, can be referred to genera
only, being not specifically identificable. Of these algae, 7 kinds (6 species and 1 identified to genus
only) serve as medicine, similar number of species serve for food and with one single exception, the
rest (8 species and 2 genera) serve for both medicine and food. The botanical names and the official
Chinese names, together with their synonyms as appear in the old Chinese literature were listed.
C.K. Tseng and C.F. Chang. On the Botanical Names of Economic Marine Algae in Old Chinese Literature[J]. J Integr Plant Biol., 1961, 9(3): -.
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