Botanical nomenclatural query

Dipteryx dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Wed Apr 3 16:46:01 CST 2002

This is a technicality only, but citing the variety as synonym will make the
new name illegitimate (Art 52.2.e). I suppose the thing to do is describe a
new species and later be surprised that the variety is synonymous. But then,
alas, it will be too late!

Best, Paul van Rijckevorsel

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> Let's say it was in the Code, that Rec. 24B.2 was a Rule.
> To get around it, to in effect change the epithet upon changing rank, I
> simply describe a new species, based on its own type, and cite the variety
> as a synonym.  Now, instead of one nomenclatural entity, we have two, each
> typified by its own type.  Perhaps some see that as good and proper, each
> epithet with a type, or perhaps others see it as an unneccessary
> proliferation.  I can see both viewpoints, frankly.
> Whatever the case, it would STILL be possible to change the epithet upon
> changing rank if the Recommendation was a Rule.  Only by deleting the Rule
> that says names have priority only within a rank could you get around it,
> and THAT would cause nomenclatural chaos of Biblical proportions.
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