[Taxacom] Unknown Fruit ID

Perkins,Kent D kperkins at flmnh.ufl.edu
Thu May 16 14:51:52 CDT 2019

There is a relatively recent monograph for Gomphocarpus,
Goyder, D.J. and A. Nicholas. 2001. A revision of Gomphocarpus R.Br. (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadeae). Kew Bulletin 56: 769-836.
in JSTOR at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/4119297?seq=1

G. fruticosus and G. physocarpus are distinct.

Here's the Wikipedia page for G.p.


From: Perkins,Kent D
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2019 3:32 PM
To: 'Donna Ford-Werntz' <dford2 at wvu.edu>; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Cc: herbaria at nacse.org; Link Davis <linkmdavis at gmail.com>
Subject: RE: Unknown Fruit ID

Hi Donna,
I believe that may be what we have in our collection under:

Gomphocarpus fruticosus (L.) R.Br.
-note: the authority may be Gomphocarpus fruticosus (L.) W.T.Aiton

Gomphocarpus physocarpus E.Mey.

I'd assume they may be the same entity and will need to dig deeper the figure out the correct name.


Kent D. Perkins, Manager of the Collection
University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)
Florida Museum of Natural History
379 Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Rd
PO Box 110575
Gainesville, FL  32611-0575
Ph. 352-273-1990

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Subject: [HERBARIA] Fw: Unknown Fruit ID

I'm sharing request below (from eastern PA) with taxonomy & herbarium listserves (hope images post).

Donna Ford-Werntz, Herbarium Curator
Associate Clinical Professor
Biology Dept., Box 6057
Life Sci. Bldg., 53 Campus Dr.
West Virginia Univ.
Morgantown, WV 26506
304-293-0794; biology.wvu.edu
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Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:35 PM
Subject: Unknown Fruit

Can anyone name this member of Apocynaceae family: it was in dried plant display that neighbor was throwing out?

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