The problematic history of the name Carex elata All. (Cyperaceae) and its neotypification

February 8, 2019

by Pedro Jiménez-Mejías, Edoardo Martinetto, Adriano Soldano, Laurence J. Dorr


Carex elata All. is a well-known species widely distributed in western Eurasia. The name C. elata All. is the oldest name applied to the species of concern, but it was abandoned for C. stricta Gooden. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, different authors dismissed C. stricta Gooden. as a later homonym of C. stricta Lam. and simultaneously resurrected C. elata All. We discuss usage of the name C. elata and propose a neotype to fix its current application.









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