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Off-topic: examples of botanical nomenclature

  • Subject: Off-topic: examples of botanical nomenclature
  • From: Steve Marak <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:12:25 -0500 (CDT)


This appeal for help is somewhat off-topic, so please excuse it (and 
delete it, if you're not interested).

I'm looking for examples of a couple of things in the area of botanical 
nomenclature, and I can think of no better group to ask than the people on 
this list.

The first is the most complex example of a valid (and preferably, 
currently accepted) name, of any plant (i.e., not restricted to aroids), 
whether that complexity comes from ranks below species or multiple 
authorities or both. One of the best ones I have now is:

Paphiopedilum barbigerum Tang & Wang var. coccineum (Perner & Herrm.) 

which conveniently (for me) even has a synonym, but I'm looking for 
something even more complex, if it exists. Knowing the publication would 
be nice, too, but is not essential for what I'm after. (Examples of 
similar complexity to the above but using other ranks - subsp., f., etc. - 
would also be appreciated.)

The second question is what plant, again regardless of family, has the 
most synonyms? I'm aware of one poor orchid with, if I counted correctly, 
55, but I suspect there are plants even more confused about their 
identities out there. For my purposes I'm concerned only with whether the 
name now appears as a synonym of the currently accepted name and not so 
much how it got there (i.e., whether it was validly published and later 
reduced to synonomy, nom. illeg., etc). I realize that whatever 
the answer is, it can change, but again that's not a concern for me at the 

All help or pointers to good places to find the answer myself will be 
appreciated. I've spent plenty of time on Tropicos, IPNI, etc., but my 
oddball questions are not easily answered with those tools - or perhaps I 
just don't know how to ask them.


-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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