Chilean bulb genera Famatina and Solaria

Mary Sue Ittner
Mon, 14 Jan 2008 19:57:25 PST
If you look at the Kew checklist you find that Solaria which is considered 
to be in the Alliaceae family (Kew uses the APG II -- Angiosperm Phylogeny 
Group system) was named in 1857 when one species was named. Most of the 
other species were named or renamed by Ravenna. (One of the renamed ones 
was a Gethyum and the other called Ancrumia).  The Solaria species Lee 
referenced was named in 2005.

On the other hand the checklist is not accepting Famatina which was created 
by Ravenna in 1972.
The Kew accepted names are: Rhodophiala andina and  Phycella herbertiana 
for the various Ravenna named species . The plant Lee referenced is the 
latter so Lee had sharp eyes to see it looked like a Phycella. There is 
another species Ravenna named in 2003, Famatina cisandina, that Kew lists 
as unplaced. That's the first time I've seen that as a category.

As someone pointed out to me, Kew checklist  is just another resource and 
not all resources agree, but at least it is a resource that is on the web 
which I really appreciate.

Mary Sue

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