Sean Edwards MZFSES at MAIL1.MCC.AC.UK
Mon Feb 23 11:32:06 CST 1998

The 20 February contribution by Thomas Lammers, mentioning the
misnomer Tridens flavus, added to a small list of "incorrect" plant
species names that I have.

These have generally cropped up by word of mouth (and so some may
well be wrong, or rather right), but no doubt somebody else has also
accumulated such a list, or there is some publication somewhere where
they have been properly accredited. There must be hundreds of the

Does anybody out there have such a list, or could give me a reference,
or could add to my list?


Scilla peruviana L.: a European liliaceous plant wrongly thought by
Linnaeus to have come from Peru.

Orobanche alba Stephan ex. Willd.: a broomrape that happened to be
named from the white form, which is not typical (normally yellow
tinged with purple).

Capsicum sinense (= chinense?) Jaques: solanaceous plant whose
native distribution is restricted to South America (plus Central and
West Indies); it was described from specimens cultivated in China.

Toninia aromatica (Sm.) Massal.: a lichen so named because it was
wrongly thought to be aromatic; in fact the type specimen was
received in a scented envelope.

Tridens flavus (L.) Hitchc.: The type of the grass Tridens flavus
has yellow spikelets (hence the name) ... despite the fact that this
is a rare mutant and 99.9% of all individuals have purple spikelets
(common name "Purpletop"). (Thomas G. Lammers: e-mail to TAXACOM, 20
Feb 1998)


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