Roxburgh's 'Hortus Bengalensis'
saunders at HKUCC.HKU.HK
Thu Jul 6 10:28:07 CDT 1995
I would be very grateful if anyone who is familiar with William Roxburgh's
'Hortus Bengalensis' (1814) could help me with a typification problem.
The name Uvaria heteroclita Roxb. (basionym of Kadsura heteroclita (Roxb.)
Craib) was first published in Roxburgh's 'Hortus Bengalensis' (page 43) as a
nomen nudum. There are several columns of information alongside the name,
including "Mr. M.R. Smith, 1812". As I only have a photocopy of p. 43 and
not the entire volume, I'm not sure what this refers to. Is it a reference
to a type specimen/collection? Or is it just a reference to an informal
communication from Smith? If it is the former, where would the specimen now
be found? - I can't find any reference to Smith in the literature on collectors.
Any help would be very gratefully received! Please e-mail me directly.
Dr Richard M.K. Saunders
Department of Ecology & Biodiversity
The University of Hong Kong
E-mail: saunders at hkucc.hku.hk
Fax: (852) 2517 6082
Tel.: (852) 2859 2117
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