[Taxacom] Use of "affinis" as specific epithet

Alex Popovkin popovkin at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 10:28:27 CDT 2015

I've been wondering for quite some time in what sense is 'affinis' used as
a specific epithet. It's literal sense is of course 'similar to', 'related
to'. How would one understand its use in such name as Ruellia affinis
(Nees) Lindau (cf. http://goo.gl/T06Jr9)?

Thanks for your input.

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