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Linnaean Name: Alchemilla vulgaris Linnaeus
Reference: Species Plantarum 1 : 123 (1753)
Provenance: "Habitat in Europae pascuis."
Generitype of: Alchemilla Linnaeus
Designated by: Hitchcock, Prop. Brit. Bot.: 126. 1929.
Type: Lectotype : Herb. Linn. No. 166.1 (LINN)
Designated by: Purohit & Panigrahi in Fam. Rosaceae India 1 : 185 (1991)
Current Name: Alchemilla vulgaris L.
Current Family: Rosaceae
Comments: Fröhner (in Gleditschia 14: 51-67. 1986) discussed the typification of this name in some detail, but appeared to select an ineligible David van Royen (see his f. 4) specimen (sheet 908.190-1281, L) as lectotype. Purohit & Panigrahi (in Fam. Rosaceae India 1: 185. 1991) explicitly treated 166.1 (LINN) as the type and, recognising that it is a mixture of two taxa, called it a nomen confusum. They say they are using it as a "neutral" aggregate name. Many authors have treated A. vulgaris as a nomen ambiguum.
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Record last updated: 17/03/2006