Torreya Volume 3-5

Torreya Volume 3-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...radice tuberosa " is not very happily chosen, the remainder of the description leaves no room for doubt that the plant intended was the same as that described by Nuttall thirty years later under the name Bletza apliylla. This species was very little known for many years after the publication of Walter's name for it. Meanwhile Muhlenberg had transmitted to Willdenow, under the name Cyrnbidium /zyemale, another orchid from the eastern United States, and Willdenow had published it. Pursh, not knowing Walter's plant, referred it to Cymbidium /zyemale; in this way the two became confused in synonymy, and have so continued. In I888, in accordance with the prevailing misconception, Walter's specific name was restored as the oldest one for the plant since known as A/Jlectrum spicatum (Walt.) B.S.P. Since Pursh's time, however, at least one botanist, Elliott, has clearly distinguished the synonymy of the two species involved in this discussion. He unequivocally referred Aret/zusa spicata Walt. to Bletia ap/zylla Nutt., and further informs us (Sk. 2: 502) in a note that "this plant has always been considered by our southern botanists as the A. spicata of Walter." Elliott also describes Corallorlziza /iyemalis Nutt. (Cymoidium liyemale Muhl.), without any intimation that Aret/zusa spicata Walt. has anything to do with it. The genus Aplectrmn, and the binomial Aplectrum lzyemale, are commonly credited to Nuttall's Genera, but this is a mistake. Nuttall there proposed the name Aplectrum, it is true, but as a subgenus only, and its only species, " liiemalis," is clearly named as his third species of Corallor/ziza. Five years later, in discussing the genus Corallor/ziza, Nuttall again used the...show more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847865
  • 9781236847867