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Embryopsida, a new name for the class of land plants

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Embryophyceae” and Equisetopsida have been used recently to designate the land plants at the rank of class. The former was never validly published. In this paper we propose a new name in the rank of class—Embryopsida Engler ex Pirani & J. Prado—, to replace Equisetopsida C. Agardh, which was used by Chase & Reveal (2009) to apply to all land plants. The new name here proposed follows Art. 16.1(b) of both the Vienna Code and the Melbourne Code and recognizes Adolf Engler's use of the term “Embryophyta” to name the land plants, i.e., all plants provided with an embryo.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Universidade de São Paulo, Departamento de Botânica, Rua do Matão, 277, CEP 05508-090, São Paulo, SP, Brazil;, Email: 2: Instituto de Botânica, Herbário, C.P. 68041, CEP 04045-972, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Publication date: 2012-10-11

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