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  My message from Dr. Moran regarding Huperzia phlegmaria
From: Steve at ExoticRainforest.com (ExoticRainforest) on 2008.06.04 at 15:51:25(17731)
When I went back to check the name Huperzia nummulariifolia as provided by Dr. Moran I ran into a series of blockades. I again checked both TROPICOS and the International Plant Names Index and could not completely verify that name. As a result, I've forwarded a second message which I've attached. Hopefully I will soon be able to resolve this and be able to accurately post a new page with the correct identification and scientific information. Since Dr. Moran is a recognized authority I certainly will follow his lead. But for the sake of accuracy I always at least attempt to track down the base name.

This is my follow up message:

Dr. Moran, I am unable to locate anything with this exact spelling on TROPICOS as
Huperzia nummulariifolia (Blume) Chambers, Jeremy & Crabbe. I can only locate Lycopodium nummularifolium Blume as a basionym.

However, on the IPNI I found this. It too appears to indicate the basionym is Lycopodium nummulariifolium Blume:
Lycopodiaceae Huperzia nummulariifolia ( Blume ) Jermy in T.Chambers , Jermy & Crabbe
Brit. Fern Gaz. 10: 176. 1971. 1971
basionym: Lycopodium nummulariifolium Blume
basionym: Lycopodium nummulariifolium Blume Blume
Is it possible the basionym is truly Lycopodium nummulariifolium Blume? I do everything possible to verify every name I publish and certainly would not wish to cause any embarrassment if I get this wrong. If there is more recent data can you point me to a source?

Thanks again!

Steve Lucas

From: Steve at ExoticRainforest.com (ExoticRainforest) on 2008.06.04 at 18:05:13(17735)
This message just came back from Dr. Moran,

Dear Steve,

You are correct: the basionym is Lycopodium nummulariifolium Blume. I suggest using Huperzia because that is being done by most pteridologists these days. Huperzia differs from the other Lycopodium segregates most conspicuously by its equally forked branches.

Best wishes,

Robbin C. Moran
The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street & Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458-5126 U.S.A.

So it would appear that to science, the correct basionym (base name) is Lycopodium nummulariifolium Blume.


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