Mimosa pigra L.,

Jarvis, Charlie, 2007, Chapter 7: Linnaean Plant Names and their Types (part M), Order out of Chaos. Linnaean Plant Types and their Types, London: Linnaean Society of London in association with the Natural History Museum, pp. 651-689: 673

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https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.291971

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http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4366222

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scientific name

Mimosa pigra L.
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Mimosa asperata Linnaeus  , Systema Naturae, ed. 10, 2: 1312. 1759.

["Habitat in Jamaica, Vera cruce."] Sp. Pl., ed. 2, 2: 1507 (1763). RCN: 7687.

Lectotype (Brenan in Hubbard & Milne-Redhead, Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Leguminosae 1: 43. 1959): Herb. Linn. No. 1228.32 ( LINN)  .

Current name: Mimosa pigra L.  ( Fabaceae  : Mimosoideae  ).

Note: Brenan treated 1228.32 (LINN) as the holotype, and was followed in this by authors such as Wijnands (Bot. Commelins: 151. 1983) and Howard (Fl. Lesser Antilles 4: 368. 1988). With this typification, Brenan treated M. asperata  as a synonym of M. pigra L. (1755)  . However, Barneby (in Tan, Davis & Hedge Festschr.: 140. 1989) rejected Brenan’s choice in favour of Miller’s t. 182, f. 3 (1760), wrongly believing the material to post-date the protologue. There appears to be no evidence for this. The Miller plate is identifiable as M. berlandieri A. Gray  which, if accepted as the type, would result in M. asperata  being the earliest name for this taxon, and it is in this sense that Barneby uses M. asperata  , as does Bässler (in Feddes Repert. 96: 599. 1985). There appear to be no grounds for rejecting Brenan’s earlier choice of type. However, in a further complication, Barneby (in Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 65: 437. 1991) argues that Brenan’s type is identifiable as M. pellita Humb. & Bonpl.  , rather than M. pigra  sensu stricto. While it seems clear that the type of M. asperata  must be 1228.32 (LINN), differences of opinion over its identity mean that M. asperata  may be treated either as a synonym of M. pigra  , or as the correct name for what has been known as M. pellita  . This is particularly unfortunate because Barneby uses M. asperata  in a different sense, that of M. berlandieri  .

Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum

Tracheophyta

Class

Magnoliopsida

Order

Fabales

Family

Fabaceae

Genus

Mimosa

Loc

Mimosa pigra L.

Jarvis, Charlie 2007
2007
Loc

Mimosa asperata

Linnaeus 1759: 1312
1759