Belamcanda chinensis (L.) A. DC.,

Jarvis, Charlie, 2007, Chapter 7: Linnaean Plant Names and their Types (part E), Order out of Chaos. Linnaean Plant Types and their Types, London: Linnaean Society of London in association with the Natural History Museum, pp. 490-515: 495

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Belamcanda chinensis (L.) A. DC.


Epidendrum domesticum Linnaeus  , Species Plantarum 2: 952. 1753.

"Habitat in Indiae orientalis Bataviae arboribus, parasitica." RCN: 6877.

Lectotype (Garay in Harvard Pap. Bot. 2: 49. 1997): [icon] " Angurek warna " in Kaempfer, Amoen. Exot. Fasc.: 867, 869. 1712. - Epitype (Goldblatt & Mabberley in Novon 15: 129. 2005): E. Davall in Herb. J.E. Smith, No. 89.42 ( LINN-SM)  .

Current name: Belamcanda chinensis (L.) A. DC.  ( Iridaceae  ).

Note: The name has been associated with the genus Vanilla  , probably as a result of Linnaeus reducing it to an unnamed variety of E. vanilla  (Sp. Pl., ed. 2, 2: 1348. 1763), and is evidently based on the cited Kaempfer reference. However, Garay has recently typified the name using part of Kaempfer’s illustration that he identifies as Belamcanda chinensis (L.) DC.  ( Iridaceae  ). As a consequence, E. domesticum  falls into the synonymy of the latter. However, if Belamcanda  is subsumed within Iris, as favoured by Goldblatt & Mabberley (in Novon 15: 128-132. 2005), the correct name for E. domesticum  is I. domestica (L.) Goldblatt & Mabb. 






Belamcanda chinensis (L.) A. DC.

Jarvis, Charlie 2007

Epidendrum domesticum

Linnaeus 1753: 952