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Ukr. Bot. J. 2024, 81(1): 3–7
Plant Taxonomy, Geography and Floristics

Nomenclatural notes on South American Gentianella (Gentianaceae, Gentianeae, Swertiinae): G. meyeniana

Pringle J.S. 1, Zanotti C.A. 2

There is no known original material linked to the name Gentiana meyeniana Griseb. [≡ Gentianella meyeniana (Griseb.) Fabris]. The uncertainty about the correct application of the name, the discrepancies among the published descriptions of the species, and the high affinity in descriptive morphology with the type material of the name Gentianella boliviana support a proposal that the name Gentiana meyeniana be rejected, since the specific epithet of the latter name has priority over boliviana.

Keywords: Gentianaceae, Gentianella meyeniana, nomenclature, Peru, taxonomy

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