Unpublished botanical names (bis)

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Tue Oct 21 10:32:32 CDT 2003

From: Guido Mathieu <guido.mathieu at TAXA.BE>
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 8:40 AM

> Obviously there’s a lot to be said for referring to unpublished names in certain circumstances, although this is not in accordance with the current ICBN rules (because these names are not ‘available’ for use). 

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Actually, there is something in the ICBN about citing "names" not validly published (Rec 50A, which by the way appears unhappily phrased).
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> A proposal has been made to use ‘ms’ (manuscript) as an attribute when citing these names. The author himself might indicate by ’ms’ that he is working on it but when you find an unpublished name on an herbarium label it would be nearly impossibly to know whether it figures in some manuscript… The ‘ined.’ attribute is more general and says nothing else than that the name doesn’t figure among the published taxa of a particular genus (at this time).

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There still is a month or two to write this up and submit a proposal to amend the Code …
Best wishes,
Paul van Rijckevorsel
Utrecht, NL


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