Correcting misspelled botanical names

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Jul 1 06:55:19 CDT 2005

On 2005-06-30 23:26, Pacific Rim wrote:
> What if a botanical name as first published is misspelled? What if
> the misspelling is a typo? Are we allowed to correct the error, or are we
> stuck with it forever?

It's a complex subject, and the examples are well worth reading. My take
is that an intentional "misspelling" cannot be corrected, a typographic
error should be, and that distinguishing between the two, especially for
otherwise poorly documented names, is not always a trivial exercise.
Curtis Clark        
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