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The transfer of types from the Escuela Agrícola Panamericana to the U.S. National Herbarium in 1956 by Louis O. Williams

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In 1956, Louis O. Williams transferred type specimens of Central American and Mexican plants that had been deposited in the Escuela Agrícola Panamericana (EAP), Honduras to the U.S. National Herbarium (US), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. With only a few exceptions, the specimens typified names of taxa that had been described by Williams and his colleagues in Honduras, who had stated in their publications (numerous articles in the scientific serial Ceiba and the book The Rain Forests of Golfo Dulce) that the “types” (i.e., holotypes) were deposited in EAP. This transfer, which was neither publicly announced nor otherwise previously well-documented, has led to confusion regarding the present location of the holotypes of many names. Details regarding Williams's transaction and an accounting of the 195 collections and 219 specimens involved are presented.
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Keywords: CENTRAL AMERICAN PLANTS; ESCUELA AGRÍCOLA PANAMERICANA; LOUIS O. WILLIAMS; U.S. NATIONAL HERBARIUM

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, MRC-166, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, D.C. 20013–7012, U.S.A.;, Email: dorrl@si.edu 2: Escuela Agrícola Panamericana, P.O. Box 93, Tegucigalpa, Honduras 3: Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, MRC-166, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, D.C. 20013–7012, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2009-08-01

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