[Taxacom] Authorship of corrected original spellings in Botany

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Tue Sep 20 01:59:49 CDT 2011

Dear all,

I have come across a few examples recently of discrepancies in cited authorship for botanical names which have been orthographically corrected / amended from their original. For example the genus Anthocortus in Restionaceae was apparently originally erected with that spelling by C.G.D. Nees in 1836, and is listed thus in (for example) Index Nominum Genericorum (where, in this instance, it is also listed as a "current name"), however most other sources prefer the orthographic variant Anthochortus. In Index Kewensis and TROPICOS this "th" spelling is attributed to Endlicher, also in 1836 as it happens (different work), however in GRIN taxonomy and in Mabberley the same spelling is ascribed to Nees, which I would in general have thought was the correct assertion since it is corrected from the original, but should not change its authorship; a full citation would presumably be Anthochortus Nees (as "Anthocortus") . Who is right?

I only mention this because it I have also come upon it in some other examples and was wondering if there is a straightforward course to follow in similar cases. Any advice appreciated.

Regards - Tony

Tony Rees
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