Dear all A few days ago, I posted a photograph of Stenomesson variegatum on the WIKI. Following a message from Alberto, I did some further checking on the current status of the plant and now write to update my earlier note. As you will probably know, in recent years, Alan Meerow has been leading major research efforts into the phylogeny of the Amaryllidaceae. In a paper published in 2000 ***, the group which he leads addressed the subject of the American part of the family, in which they showed that the American clade is sister to the Eurasian clade and that the former probably consists of two parts, an extra-Andean "hippeastroid" clade and a Andean tetraploid clade. More importantly for the purposes of this note, they found that the tribe Stenomessease divides into two groups, one of which has petiolate (stalked) leaves and the other lorate (strap-shaped) leaves and that these two sit in different relationships with the other parts of the Andean clade. Those with petiolate leaves are closely related to the Eucharideae (Eucrosia, Eucharis, Rauhia, Urceolina & Phaedranassa), with those with lorate leaves are closely related to the tribe Hymenocallideae (Humenocallis, Ismene & Leptochiton). As a result of this analysis, various name changes are called for and they propose the following. Firstly, priority determines that the petiolate tribe must take the extant name Stenomesseae and the lorate tribe are given the next prior name Clinantheae (derived from Clinanthus Herbert); the new tribe contains the genera Clinanthus (20 species), Pamianths (2), Paramongaia (1) and Pucara (1). It then follows that the lorate leaved Stenomesson (and a number of other species from other families) need to change their name to become Clinanthus. In particular, Stenomesson variegatum becomes Clinanthus variegatus. The question is, how to handle this kind of change in terms of the WIKI. As I mentioned above, these are proposed changes and, as noted in the paper, only the basionym is currently provided, pending full synonomy in a monograph of the genus. Just as importantly, to my mind, other contemporary references elsewhere will not yet contain these revisions. It seems to me that the best way, at least for today, is to leave entries for lorate species under Stenomesson and related genera, but to include clear cross references to Clinanthus against the indiviual species. Incidentally, today both entries under Stenomesson (S. incarnatum and S. variegatum fall into the lorate group), but I have not reviewed other affected genera. I am obliged to Alberto for bringing this to my attention, not least as I have learnt a great deal by reading the papers! *** "Phylogeny of the American Amaryllidaceae based on nrDNA ITS sequences" Meerow et al. Systematic Botany (2000): pp708-726.