[Taxacom] Why character-tracking doesn't happen?

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at uwosh.edu
Mon Sep 15 07:51:15 CDT 2008

At 02:11 AM 9/15/2008, Jim Croft wrote:
>The version I heard was about Harold St John in Hawaii naming three
>separate sheets taken from the same vine as three separate species.
>Told by an ornithologist who knew a botanist who knew the collector so
>it *must* be true.

I can confirm that ...

Delissea coriacea var. deltoidea H. St. John, Phytologia 63: 340. 1987.
Delissea perlmanii H. St. John, Phytologia 63: 346. 1987.

... are based on different sheets of S. Perlman 1 at BISH

Furthermore, the type of Cyrtandra puberis H. St. John, Phytologia 64: 41 
(1987) is also said to be S. Perlman 1 at BISH but I have not seen that sheet.

This was largely a function, I suspect, of being ca. 90 years old with 
cataracts ...

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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