[Taxacom] Why Amomum (1753) rejected Zingiber (1754) accepted
Dr Gurcharan Singh
singhg at sify.com
Thu Feb 20 21:46:56 CST 2014
1. Amomum Roxb. and Zingiber Mill. are two well recognised genera with
numerous species each.
2. Amomum Roxb. is conserved against over the earlier homonym *Amomum* L.,
nom. rej. (and as such Amomum L. is not rejected against Zingiber Mill.).
The reason for this is that when Amomum L. was first described by Linnaeus
in his Flora Zeylanica (1747) where he classified three species in the
Monandria monogynia. Six years after the first description, Linnaeus (1753)
added a fourth species. These species have all been transferred to other
genera, namely Aframomum,
Elettaria and Zingiber (Burtt and Smith 1972), and Amomum Roxb. has been
conserved with Amomum subulatum Roxb. as its conserved type (McNeill et
al., 2006, appendix III).
3. Zingiber Mill. conserved with this spelling against the original
4. If your question was pertaining to why Amomum zingiber L. was ignored
while accepting Zingiber officinale Roscoe, the reason is that Linnaeus had
described this species under genus Amomum but latter transferred to
Zingiber, where binomial Zingiber zingiber (L.) H. Karst. turned out to be
a tautonym and as such rejected. This appears closely similar to tomato
case where similar case resulted in Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. was
declared as Nom. Cons. but with species transferred back to Solanum old
Linnaean name Solanum lycopersicum got reinstated.
I hope this should help.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired Associate Professor, Department of Botany, SGTB Khalsa College
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018
Phone: 01125518297; Mobile: 9810359089
On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 6:27 AM, Pudji Widodo <pudjiwi at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Dear Sirs,
> I would like to ask you. Why
> Amomum L., Sp. Pl.: 1 (1753), nom. rej.
> Zingiber Mill., Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 4: s.p. (1754), nom.
> Infact in ICNafp Principle
> III The nomenclature of a taxonomic
> group is based upon priority of publication.
> Thank you
> Yours Sincerely
> Pudji Widodo
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