JOURNAL OF THEARNOLD ARBORETUMVOLUME 64 JANUARY 1983 NUMBER I THE 1980 SINO-AMERICAN BOTANICAL EXPEDITION TO WESTERN HUBEI PROVINCE, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA B. BARTHOLOMEW, D. E. BOUFFORD, A. L. CHANG, Z. CHENG, T. R. DUDLEY, S. A. HE, Y. X. JIN, Q. Y. Li, J. L. LUTEYN, S. A. SPONGBERG, S. C. SUN, Y. C. TANG, J. X. WAN, AND T. S. YING THE BOTANICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA'S Committee for Scientific Liaison withthe People's Republic of China, chaired by Peter H. Raven, director of theMissouri Botanical Garden, and a corresponding committee of botanists in thePeople's Republic of China, chaired by Tang Pei-sun, director of the Instituteof Botany, Academia Sinica, Beijing, successfully sponsored and arrangedexchange visits of American botanists to the People's Republic of China in1978, and Chinese botanists to the United States in 1979. These delegationswere limited to visiting botanical institutions, and the exchange resulted in abasic understanding by the participants of the current status of botanical researchin both countries (see Thorhaug, 1978; Bartholomew. Howard, & Elias, 1979;Howard, Bartholomew, & Elias, 1979). At the conclusion of the visit by theChinese delegation to the United States in early June of 1979, a meeting wasconvened at the University of California, Berkeley, to discuss the kinds ofcooperative programs that might be developed in the future. The general con-sensus of the participants at that meeting was that steps should be taken topromote cooperative ventures beyond the delegation level, and that joint par-ticipation in botanical research was highly desirable. As a direct result of the Berkeley meetings, five American botanists wereinvited by the Academia Sinica to participate in a botanical expedition inChina with Chinese colleagues. In return, five Chinese botanists were invitedto the United States for a one-year period to study at botanical institutionsand to take part in fieldwork. The purpose of this report is to summarize theactivities and results of the 1980 Sino-American expedition, the first jointc President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1983.Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 64: 1-103 January, 1983.