[Taxacom] Cinnamomum cassia and Neolitsia cassia

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Sun Jan 27 03:00:39 CST 2013

The taxonomy of the Lauraceae remains subject to revision,
and I am not up on the latest developments, but apparently
that is not necessary in this case: Grey bollywood and
smooth-barb bollygum are obviously quite local names.
Some Googling shows that Neolitsea cassia was misapplied
in a number of handbooks to what is now Neolitsea australiensis
(see APNI at  http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni )

So, no nomenclatural wrongdoing here!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dr Gurcharan Singh" <singhg at sify.com>
To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2013 6:28 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] Cinnamomum cassia and Neolitsia cassia

> Could any member help me in solving this mystery
> Cinnamomum cassia (L.) J. Presl (Chinese cinnamom, Chinese cassia) and
> Neolitsea cassia (L.) Kosterm (Grey bollywood, smooth-barb bollygum) are
> supposed to be two distinct plants, but both supposed to be based on same
> basionym Laurus cassia L.
> http://www.tropicos.org/Name/50148283
> GRIN cites  *Laurus cassia* L. (basionym); *Litsea zeylanica* Nees & T.
> Nees and  *Neolitsea zeylanica* (Nees & T. Nees) Merr. as synonyms of
> Neotitsea cassia (L.) Kosterm, but is silent on Cinnamomum cassia, except
> that it cites Cinnamomum cassia auct. as synonym of C. aromaticum Nees
> The Plant list cites *Laurus cassia* L. as well as *Cinnamomum
> aromaticum*Nees as synonyms of Cinnamomum cassia (Nees & T. Nees) J.
> Presl, silent on
> combination C. cassia (L.) C. Presl but does not cite any synonym for
> Neolitsea cassia (L.) Kosterm (not even the basionym for combination is
> mentioned).
> According to Flora of China Cinnamomum cassia (L.) D. Don is the accepted
> name with *Laurus cassia* L. *Cinnamomum aromaticum* Nees and  *Persea
> cassia *(L.) Sprengel. as synonyms
> I am at loss to comprehend how single binomial can be basionym for more
> than one distinct, accepted names. Any help in better understanding of
> situation?
> -- 
> Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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