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A tale of two globbas: the complex nomenclatural history of Hura siamensium J. Koenig and Globba versicolor Sm. (Zingiberaceae)

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The proper identities of Hura siamensium J. Koenig 1783 and Globba versicolor Sm. 1805 along with the history of the nomenclature surrounding these species are discussed. Both names have dropped out of common usage today due to early confusion over the identities of these taxa. It is found that the current names in use for these taxa, G. pendula Roxb. 1810 and G. leucantha Miq. 1860, are to be retained. It has now been recommended by the Spermatophyta Committee that G. siamensium (J. Koenig) Rao and Verma 1972 is to be treated as a homonym of G. siamensis (Hemsl.) Hemsl. 1895, an unrelated species. The name G. versicolor clearly refers to the same taxon as G. leucantha, but, for nomenclatural reasons, the name must be considered a synonym of H. siamensium.
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Keywords: GLOBBA LEUCANTHA; GLOBBA PENDULA; HOMONYM; HURA SIAMENSIUM; NOMENCLATURE; ZINGIBERACEAE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Biology, Box 90338, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2004-11-01

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