[Taxacom] Use of "affinis" as specific epithet

Peter A. Schäfer p.a.schafer127 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 13:21:46 CDT 2015


Maybe "looking like Jean Ruel (Ruellius)"  ?
In fact R. affinis (Schrad.) T. Anderson started as Neowedia affinis
Schrad. and was the second species in Neowedia Schrad.
after Neowedia speciosa,  so I guess it resembled N. s. but was different.
My guess...
Best wishes
Peter

On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 5:28 PM, Alex Popovkin <popovkin at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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