Kristina Lemson k.lemson at ECU.EDU.AU
Mon Sep 16 11:36:08 CDT 2002

John macNeill wrote (among other things):

>One final caution:  although Kristina Lemson refers to a family
"previously recognized by Brown 1810", she does not > tell us the
particular group or groups of genera that have stimulated the question
-- Robert Brown is the author of >many family names, including the
important southern hemisphere Epacridaceae and Restionaceae

In fact, it is the treatment of the irstwhile family Epacridaceae that
is the case in point, with its coming inclusion at subfamilial level
within Ericaceae. This is not the first time this inclusion has been
proposed: Baillon (Hist. Plantes, 1892) included the "Epacreae" within
his Ericaceae. However a recent suggestion is that the name
'Styphelioideae' should be applied in the 'new' rank change and
description of subfamilies of Ericaceae. This is based on the argument
that "Styphelieae" (as well as another, Sprengelieae) appeared in Roemer
& Schultes 1819. Our discussion , which included taxonomists and
non-taxonomist practicing botanists, entered around several points, only
one of which I sent to Taxacom. Other interesting  exchanges occurred
over these questions:

- why should 'Styphelioideae' be used at all when most people working
with epacrids (ie Australian and NZ non-taxonomic folks) know
"Epacridaceae" but haven't cottoned on to its inclusion within
Ericaceae, and to change the name would both change a long tradition of
both formal and informal names and be utterly confusing. This flowed
into discussion of what "disadvantageous" means in Art. 56.1.... and

- why doesn't Baillon's subfamilial treatment have priority over the
current proposal?

best wishes and thanks for all replies so far


Dr. Kristina Lemson
School of Natural Sciences
Edith Cowan University
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Joondalup, Western Australia 6027

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