DIVISION II. RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
CHAPTER V. REJECTION OF NAMES
51.1. A legitimate name must not be rejected merely because it, or its epithet, is inappropriate or disagreeable, or because another is preferable or better known (but see
Art. 56.1), or because it has lost its original meaning, or (in pleomorphic fungi with names governed by
Art. 59) because the morph represented by its type is not in accordance with that of the type of the generic name.
Ex. 1. The following changes are contrary to the rule:
Staphylea to Staphylis, Tamus to Thamnos, Thamnus, or
Tamnus, Mentha to Minthe, Tillaea to Tillia, Vincetoxicum to
Alexitoxicum; and Orobanche rapum to O. sarothamnophyta,
O. columbariae to O. columbarihaerens, O. artemisiae to O.
Ex. 2. Ardisia quinquegona
Blume (1825) is not to be changed to
A. DC. (1834), although the specific epithet quinquegona
is a hybrid word (Latin and Greek) (contrary to
The name Scilla peruviana
L. (1753) is not to be rejected merely because the species does not grow in Peru.
The name Petrosimonia oppositifolia
(Pall.) Litv. (1911), based on
Pall. (1771), is not to be rejected merely because the species has leaves only partly opposite, and partly alternate, although there is another closely related species,
(Pall.) Bunge, having all its leaves opposite.
Ex. 5. Richardia
L. (1753) is not to be changed to Richardsonia
, as was done by Kunth (1818), although the name was originally dedicated to the British botanist,
The name Sphaeria tiliae
Pers. (Syn. Meth. Fung.: 84. 1801) is not to be
rejected because the holotype represents an anamorphic fungus, whereas the type of Sphaeria
Haller 1768, that of
Pers., is a teleomorphic fungus. The epithet may therefore be used in the combination Rabenhorstia tiliae
(Pers.) Fr. (Summ. Veg. Scand.: 410. 1849) for the anamorph of Hercospora tiliae
Tul. & C. Tul. (Sel. Fung. Carp. 2: 154. 1863).
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