Research Group of Plant Taxonomy

Research Areas

Mainly on Plant Taxonomy of Eastern Asian seed plants
1. The Taxonomic Literature of Eastern Asian Higher Plants
2. Alien Invasive Plant of China
3. Shanghai Metropolitan Flora
4. Systematics and Taxonomy of Euonymus (Celastraceae)
5. Taxonomic Revision of Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) in Eastern and Southern Asia
6. Natural History of Metasequoia, a living fossil
7. Taxonomic Revision of Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) of Eastern and Southern Asia
8. History of Plant Taxonomy in China 

Principal Investigator (PI)
Jinshuang Ma, Ph D., Professor
Tel: 86-21-67657816 Fax: 86-21-67657811
Address: Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences / Chenshan Botanical Garden, 3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang Shanghai 201602 China

Education Background

Ph D: 1985-1987, Plant Taxonomy, Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China
Master: 1982-1985, Dendrology, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China
Bachelor: 1978-1982, Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China


Since 2010: Professor and Vice Director, Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences / Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Songjiang, Shanghai
2009 – 2010: Professor, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan
2001 - 2009: Research Taxonomist, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn, NY 11225-1099
1999 - 2001: Database Associate, Concentra Management Care Service, Waltham, MA 02445
1995 - 1999: Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Herbaria, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1994 - 1995: Curator of the Herbarium BNU & Professor, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 1988 - 1994: Associate Professor of Department of Biology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing

Cheng Du
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
Huiru Li
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
Jing Yan
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
Xiaoling Yan
Ph.D., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-920
Yuan Wang
Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-933
Yunjuan Zuo
Ph D., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-918
Zhanghua Wang
M.S., Research Assistant
Tel: 021-37792288-920

YAO Chiyuan   Ph D    2012
LI Xiaoqin  M.S.    2014
DENG Lingli  M.S.    2016



  1. Jinshuang Ma, 2017, A Checklist of Woody Plants from East Asia, Zhengzhou: Henan Science and Technology Press.

  2. Yuan WangJinshuang Ma (Editors in Chief), 2016, Illustrated flora of Shanghai-Herbs. ZhengzhouHenan Science and Technology Press (Chinese).

  3. Jing YanXiaoling YanJinshuang Ma (Editors in Chief), Zhanghua WangHuiru Li (Vice Editors in Chief), 2016, Illustrations of Alien Invasive Plants in China. Shanghai: Shanghai Scientific & Technical Publishers (Chinese).

  4. Yansheng Chen (Editors in Chief), Xiaosi GuoJianping Chen, Chen Du (Associate Editors), 2016, The Checklist of Shaanxi Vascular Plants. Beijing: Higher Education Press (Chinese).

  5. Jinshuang Ma, Peter W. Ball, Geoffrey A. Levin, 2016, Celastraceae. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 20+ vols. New York and Oxford. Vol. 12, pp. 111-132.

  6. Turland, N., 2015, The Code Decoded: A User's Guide to the International Code of Nomenclature for Alage, Fungi, and plants. Translation Group of The Code Decoded (translate to Chinese). BeijingHigher Education Press. 2015 (Chinese).

  7. Jinshuang Ma (Chief Editor), Xiaoling Yan (standing vice editor), 2014, The survey reports on chinese alien invasive plants (Two Part). BeijingHigher Education Press.

  8. Jinshuang Ma (Chief Editor), Wang Y (standing vice editor), Li HR (vice editors), 2014, The keys of shanghai vascular plants. Beijing: Higher Education Press. 

  9. Jinshuang Ma (Chief Editor), 2013, The Checklist of Chinese Invasive Plants, 324 pages; Beijing: High Education Press (Chinese).

  10. Jinshuang Ma(Chief Editor), 2013, The Checklist of Shanghai Vascular Plants, 442 pages; Beijing: High Education Press (Chinese). 

  11. Jinshuang Ma, 2011, The Outline of Taxonomic Literature of Eastern Asian Higher Plants, 504 p, Beijing: High Education Press (Chinese).


  1. Lingli DengShuai Liao, David E Boufford, &Jinshuang Ma. Names of Chinese Plant Taxonomists – Order Out of Chaos.Taxon. 2017.66(3):781-784.

  2. Yunjuan Zuo, Jun Wen, Shiliang Zhou.Intercontinental and intracontinental biogeography of the eastern Asian - eastern North American disjunct Panax (the ginseng genus, Araliaceae), emphasizing its diversification processes in eastern Asia.Molecular Phylogenet Evolution. 2017.117: 60-74.

  3. Xinxin ZhuShuai Liao, Zengpeng Sun, Aiguo Zhen & Jinshuang Ma*.The taxonomic revision of Asian Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) II: Identities of Aristolochia austroyunnanensis andA. dabieshanensis, and A. hyperxantha—a new species from Zhejiang, China.Phytotaxa.2017. 313(1): 61-76.

  4. Ce Shang*, Shuai Liao*, Yongjie Guo & Zhixiang Zhang. Dianyuea gen. nov. (Salicaceae: Scyphostegioideae) from southwestern China.Novon. 2017.35(4): 499-505.

  5. Xinxin Zhu, Shuai Liao, Zhengxu Ma, Bo Xu,Zhanghua WangYuan Wang & Jinshuang Ma.The taxonomic revision of Asian Aristolochia(Aristolochiaceae) III: Two new taxa ofAristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) and morphological revision for the flower character of A. obliqua from Yunnan, China.Phytotaxa. 2017.332(3): 269-279.

  6. Cheng Du, Wendy L. Applequist, Peiliang Liu & Jinshuang Ma. Proposal to conserve the name Astragalus membranaceus Fisch. ex Bunge against A. membranaceus Moench (Leguminosae).Taxon. 2017.65(2): 392–393.

  7. Yunpeng Zhao*, Xiaoling Yan*, Graham Muir*, Qiongyan Dai, Marcus A. Koch & Chengxin Fu. Incongruent range dynamics between co-occurring Asian temperate tree species facilitated by life history traits. Ecology and Evolution. 2016.6(8): 2346–2358.

  8. Cheng DuYunjuan ZuoYuan Wang, Quanru Liu, Jinshuang Ma.Revision of seven species of Euonymus (Celastraceae) from East and South Asia. Phytotaxa. 2016. 288 (1): 019–031.

  9. Xinxin Zhu, Shuai Liao, Lin Zhang, ZhangHua WangCheng Du & Jinshuang Ma*.The taxonomic revision of Asian Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) I: Confirmation and illustration of A. austroszechuanicaA. faucimaculata and A. yunnanensis var. meionantha from China.Phytotaxa. 2016.261 (2): 137–146.

  10. Ce Shang, Shuai Liao, Zhixiang Zhang, and Liangcheng Zhao*.A New Combination for a Chinese Species of Wikstroemia (Thymelaeaceae).Novon. 2016. 24: 399–400.

  11. Li He, Shuai Liao, Shipin Chen & Zhixiang Zhang*.Nomenclatural notes of Salix wangiana and S. zangica var. tibetica (Salicaceae).Phytotaxa. 2016. 245(1): 071–074.

  12. Liang Zhao, XiWang Jiang, Yunjuan Zuo, Xiao-Lin Liu, SiewWai Chin, Rosemarie Haberle, Daniel Potter, ZhaoYang Chang, Jun Wen*.Multiple Events of Allopolyploidy in the Evolution of the Racemose Lineages in Prunus (Rosaceae) Based on Integrated Evidence from Nuclear and Plastid Data. Plos One. 2016.11(6): e0157123.

  13. Qingsong Yang, Guochun Shen, Heming Liu, Zhanghua Wang, Zunping Ma, Xiaofeng Fang, Jian Zhang, Xihua Wang.Detangling the Effects of Environmental Filtering and Dispersal Limitation on Aggregated Distributions of Tree and Shrub Species: Life Stage Matters. Plos One. 2016.11(5): e0156326.

  14. Shuangxi Yan, Huijie Liu, Lele Lin, Shuai Liao, Jinyu Li, Linying Pei & Lei Xie. Taxonomic status of Clematis acerifolia var. elobata, based on molecular evidence. Phytotaxa. 2016.268(3): 209-219.

  15. Ying Tang, Xinxin Zhu, Hua Peng* & Jinshuang Ma.Hemipilia galeata (Orchideae, Orchidaceae), a new species from Fujian Province, southeastern China. Phytotaxa. 2016.245 (4): 271–280.

  16. Huiru LiYuan WangJinshuang Ma.New records for alien plants in Shanghai.Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Science). 2016.2: 153-159. (in Chinese with English contact).

  17. Huiru LiXiaoling YanJing YanZhanghua WangJinshuang Ma. New naturalized plant in Zhejiang. Weed Science. 2016.34(1): 31-35 (in Chinese with English contact).

  18. Huiru LiXiaoling YanJing YanZhanghua WangJinshuang Ma. New naturalized plant in Jiangsu Province. Weed Science. 2016.34(2): 42-44 (in Chinese with English contact).

  19. Xinxin Zhu, Lin Zhang, Zhixiang Hua, Guangfu Chen, Shuai Liao&Jinshuang Ma.Aristolochia weixiensis, a new species of Aristolochiaceae from Yunnan, China. Phytotaxa. 2015.230 (1): 54–60.

  20. Cheng DuYunjuan Zuo, Lei Wu, Quanru Liu & Jinshuang Ma. Revision of five species of Euonymus (Celastraceae) from East and South Asia. Phytotaxa. 2015.213 (3): 225–242.

  21. Quanru Liu, Cheng DuYuanjuan ZuoZanghua WangJinshuang Ma.The new record of Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) and Euonymus Celastraceae) from Vietnam.Journal of Fairylake Botanical Garden.2015.13 (3-4): 7–10.

  22. Jinshuang Ma.The XIX International Botanical Congress: The task of plant taxonomists from China. Journal of Fairylake Botanical Garden.2015.13(3-4): 58-60 (in Chinese).

  23. Wenpan Dong, Chao Xu, Changhao Li, Jiahui Sun, Yunjuan Zuo, Shuo Shi, Tao Cheng, Junjie Guo & Shiliang Zhou.Ycf1, the most promising plastid DNA barcode of land plants. Scientific reports. 2015.5: 8348.

  24. Huiru LiYuan WangJinshuang MA.Current Status and Conservation Strategies of Endangered Plants from Shanghai. Plant Science Journal. 2015.33(3): 336-345 (in Chinese with English contact).

  25. Yunjuan Zuo, Jun Wen*, Jinshuang Ma, Shiliang Zhou.Evolutionary radiation of the Panax bipinnatifidus species complex (Araliaceae) in the Sino-Himalayan region of eastern Asia as inferred from AFLP analysis. Journal of Systematics and Evolution.2015.53(3): 210-220.

  26. Zhanghua WangJing YanXiaoling YanHuiru LiJinshuang Ma.Acmella radicans var. debilis (Kunth) R. K. Jansen (Asteraceae), A Newly Naturalized Plant in China.Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Botany. 2015.23(6):643-646.

  27. Yuan WangHuiru LiJinshuang MA. Alien plants in shanghai and rating of their invasion. Plant Diversity and Resources. 2015.37(2):185-202.(in Chinese with English contact).

  28. Qiushi WangYuan WangXiaoling Yan, Xianfeng Zeng, Jinshuang Ma, Hongqing Li.Amaranthus dubius Mart. ex Thell. — A Newly Naturalized Plant of Mainland of ChinaJournal of Tropical and Subtropical Botany. 2015.23(3): 284-288. (in Chinese with English contact)

  29. Jing YanXiaoling YanZhanghua WangHuiru LiJinshuang Ma.New records of five species of alien plants in Anhui province. Journal of Plant Resources and Environment. 2015. 24(3):109-111. (in Chinese with English contact).

  30. Xianfeng Zeng, Heyuan Qiu, Zehua Zheng, Jinshuang Ma.The alien invasive plant in Hainan Island. Journal of Fairylake Botanical Garden. 2014.13(1-2): 17-26.

  31. Haiyang ShouXiaoling YanJinshuang Ma. Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Invasive Vascular Plants in China (3). Plant Diversity and Resources.2014.36(6): 763-770.

  32. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong*, Do Van Hai, Bui Hong Quang, Nguyen The Cuong, Nguyen Sinh Khang, Dang Quoc Vu & Jinshuang Ma.Aristolochia xuanlienensis, a new species of Aristolochiaceae from Vietnam. Phytotaxa. 2014.188(4):176-180.

  33. Xiaoling YanHaiyang ShouJinshuang Ma.The alien invasive plant in zhejiang province, China.Plant Diversity and Resources. 2014.36(1): 77-88. (in Chinese with English contact).

  34. Xiaoling Yan, Quanru Liu, Haiyang Shou, Xianfeng Zeng, Yong Zhang, Li Chen, Yan Liu, Haiying Ma, Shuyan Qi, Jinshuang Ma.The categorization and analysis on the geographic distribution patterns ofChinese alien invasive plants.Biodiversity Science. 2014.22(5): 667-676. (in Chinese with English contact).

  35. Jinshuang Ma, Yan Liu, Fanan Wei.A new species of Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) from Guangxi, China.Phytotaxa.2013.87(3): 45–49.

  36. Cheng DuYunjuan ZuoJinshuang Ma. Revision of three species of  Euonymus (Celastraceae)  from China.  Phytotaxa. 2013.109(1): 45–53.

  37. Cheng Du, Peiliang Liu, Yuan Lu, Zaimin Jiang. Newly Recorded Plant Species to Shaanxi, China.Journal of Northwest Forestry University. 2013.28(2): 86-88. (Chinese with English abstract).

  38. Xiaoling YanHaiyang ShouJinshuang Ma.The Problem and Status of the Alien Invasive Plants in China. Plant Diversity and Resources. 2012.34(3): 287-313 (Chinese with English abstract).

  39. Haiyang ShouXiaoling YanJinshuang Ma.Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Invasive Vascular Plants in China (II). Plant Diversity and Resources.2012.34(4): 347-353.

  40. Yuan WangHuiru Li, Bingjie Ge, Jinshuang Ma.Review on Shanghai Vascular Plants. Guihaia. 2012.32(6): 854-859 (Chinese with English abstract).

  41. Xiaoling YanJinshuang Ma.Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Invasive Vascular Plants in China. Plant Diversity and Resources. 2011.33(1): 132-144.

  42. Jinshuang Ma.Nomenclatural Notes on Alien Vascular Plants in North America Originated from East Asia. Acta Botanical Yunnanica. 2010.32(1): 14-24.

  43. Jinshuang Ma.The Invasive Plants of North America – A Primary Analysis. Acta Botanical Yunnanica, Suppl. 2010.XVII: 1-18.

  44. Jinshuang Ma.A Review of Leafy Spurge, Euphorbia esula (Euphorbiaceae), the Most Aggressive Invasive Alien in North America. Acta Botanical Yunnanica, Suppl2010.XVII: 19-45.