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The Generic Name Hornemannia and Its Diverse Applications

William T. Stearn
Taxon
Vol. 21, No. 1 (Feb., 1972), pp. 105-111
DOI: 10.2307/1219231
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1219231
Page Count: 7
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The Generic Name Hornemannia and Its Diverse Applications
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Abstract

The attempts by contemporaries of J. W. Hornemann (1770-1841) to commemorate him in the generic name Hornemannia resulted, for taxonomic and nomenclatural reasons, only in the creation of synonyms. Hornemannia Willd. (1809) was based on two species, one now referred to Mazus Lour. (1790), the other to Lindernia All. (1766). It prohibits the use of Hornemannia Vahl (1810) for a West Indian genus of Ericaceae subfam. Vaccinioideae, now to be called Symphysia C. B. Presl (1827), and of Hornemannia Benth. (1846) for an East Asiatic genus of Scrophulariaceae, now called Ellisiophyllum Maxim. (1871). Symphysia apparently comprises only one species, S. racemosa (Vahl) Stearn, first described as Hornemannia racemosa Vahl, which, being a montane little-known plant, has been named anew from almost every West Indian island it inhabits.

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