Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 4325
OLD NAME: Dimerocostus strobilaceus subsp. gutierrezii
NEW NAME: Dimerocostus rurrenabaqueanus
NAME CHANGE NOTES: Split out as a separate species from D. strobilaceus. Name changed due to error in interpretation of Dimerocostus gutierrezii, determined type specimen to really be D. argenteus.
FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Dimerocostus rurrenabaqueanus (Kuntze) Maas & H.Maas
STATUS : stat. nov.
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- Dimerocostus tessmannii Loes. (1929) - Dimerocostus williamsii J.F.Macbr. (1931)
Proposed for publication in 2022, this former subspecies of D. strobilaceus will become a separate species and the name D. rurrenabaqueanus will be applied in lieu of D. gutierrezii, due to misinterpretation of that type specimen.In his 1972 monograph Paul Maas described three subspecies of the species Dimerocostus strobilaceus. One of these was subspecies gutierrezii which was based upon an 1892 collection in southern Bolivia on the Rio YapacanÃ by Otto Kuntze. The holotype at NY is in poor condition and contains only an inflorescence, lacking leaves or stems that might be used to further identify the taxon. On the tag at the NYBG herbarium there is a note interpreting the locality of the collection as the town of Puerto GutiÃ©rrez at 17Â° 11' S, 63Â° 57' W. The explanation of the locality as given in 1898 by Kuntze himself is (translated from the German): "Bolivia: common on the Rio Yapacani, especially at the 'Puerto', the shipping point, which is used by Dr. Guttierez in San Ignazio and to which he had an 8 leagues long path, 5 of which were made through primeval forest." The Kuntze description in Rivisio Generum Planterum III.III, pg 301-302 is as basic as the specimen and gives no information whatsoever about the flowers.
In March of 2017 I traveled to that region to look for the living plants to see what Kuntze' Dimerocostus gutierrezii might look like in vivo. What I found was all consistent in form to Dimerocostus argenteus, throughout the region on both sides of the Rio YapicanÃ, from a small reserve south of Buena Vista to the La Chonta sector of the Amboro National Park. This form has leaves with silvery undersides and a hooded pale yellow flower - with no morphological basis to describe the Kuntze plant as a separate species. When I later explained what I had found and showed my photos to Paul Maas, he agreed that the plants growing there are examples of D. argenteus, and that the Kuntze type specimen had been misinterpreted. He decided to use the next oldest name for the form he had been calling D. strobilaceus subsp. gutierrezii, and chose Dimerocostus rurrenabaquianus as the substitute. See that page at http://www.gingersrus.com/DataSheet.php?PID=6148 for details.
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