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William Lobb in Ecuador and the Enigma of Solanum lobbianum

John G. Hawkes
Taxon
Vol. 41, No. 3 (Aug., 1992), pp. 471-475
DOI: 10.2307/1222817
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1222817
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William Lobb in Ecuador and the Enigma of Solanum lobbianum
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Abstract

A study of the William and Joseph Hooker archives at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has provided a clear picture of the 1843 itinerary in Ecuador and southern Colombia of the British plant collector, William Lobb. Solanum lobbianum (sect. Petota) was described by Georg Bitter based on a single type specimen at Kew, but because it had not been re-collected since 1843 it was presumed to be extinct. "Lobb Columbia" was the only label information. It has now been re-collected twice in Ecuador by a recent American expedition, and from the archival and other information detailed here it seems likely that the type specimen was gathered in Ecuador also.

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