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Nomenclature and taxonomy of Croton glabellus L. (Euphorbiaceae), a widespread Caribbean species

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The application of the names Croton glabellus, C. lucidus, and Phyllanthus glabellus has been confusing since the earliest publications that used them. After a thorough review of these publications and corresponding herbarium specimens, we clarify the nomenclatural confusion surrounding these names and their taxonomy. We identify a new name, Phyllanthus glabellus Fawc. & Rendle, that was inadvertently made. We make the new combination Croton glabellus subsp. polytrichus, and we designate lectotypes for Astrocasia tremula, Croton subsect. Astraeopsis, C. glandulifer, C. lucidus var. polytrichus, and C. spicatus.
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Keywords: ASTROCASIA TREMULA; CROTON GLABELLUS; CROTON LUCIDUS; EUPHORBIACEAE; NOMENCLATURE; PHYLLANTHUS GLABELLUS; TAXONOMY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Black Hills State University Herbarium, 1200 University Street, Spearfish, South Dakota 57799, U.S.A. 2: Harvard University Herbaria, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, U.S.A. 3: University of Michigan Herbarium, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2011-10-01

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