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Lankesteriana vol.16 n.1 Cartago Jan./Apr. 2016 


Clarification of two taxon names of phragmipedium (orchidaceae, cypripedioideae)

Edgar Mó1  2 

Eduardo a Pérez-García3 

William Cetzal-Ix4 

1OrquidearioAgronomía-CUNOR-USAC, Centro Universitario del Norte, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

2Orquigonia, Centro de Rescate y Conservación de Orquídeas, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

3Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Naturales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, México, D.F., México

4Instituto Tecnológico de Chiná, Calle 11, Colonia Centro Chiná 24050, Campeche, México


Two subspecies of Phragmipediumhumboldtiifrom Guatemala, P. humboldtii subsp.monstruosumand P.humboldtiisubsp.triandrum (Orchidaceae, Cypripedioideae) were wrong published in Die Orchidee 66(3), 2015, since the new status of these subspecies are based on an incorrect name for the authorship of P. humboldtii(Warsz. ex Rchb.f.) J.T. Atwood & Dressler instead of P. humboldtii (Warsz.) J.T. Atwood & Dressler. The formal names of the subspecies are corrected here.

Keywords: Guatemala; invalid names; Lady slippers; nomenclature; subspecies

The genus Phragmipedium Rolfe includes 22 species, four subspecies and three natural hybrids, ranging from México to South America (Gruss 2003; Pérez-García&MóMó 2015). Most species occur in South America and only a few in Mexico and Central America. In Guatemala, only four subspecies of P. humboldtii(Warsz.) J.T. Atwood & Dressler have been formally recorded: P. humboldtii subsp.humboldtii, P. humboldtii subsp.exstaminodium(Castaño, Hágsater& E. Aguirre) J.T. Atwood & Dressler ex J.M.H. Shaw, P.humboldtiisubsp.triandrum(Archila) E. Mó& E.A. Pérez-García and P.humboldtiisubsp.monstruosum(Archila) E. Mó& E.A. Pérez-García (Pérez-García&MóMó 2015). However, the new status of these last two subspecies were wrong cited by Pérez-García and MóMó (2015: 222), because previously Pupulin& Dressler (2011) indicated that the correct name for this species is P.humboldtii(Warsz.) J.T.Atwood& Dressler instead of P. humboldtii(Warsz. ex Rchb.f.) J.T. Atwood & Dressler. Hence, P. humboldtii (Warsz.) J.T. Atwood & Dresslersubsp.triandrum(Archila) E.A. Mó& Pérez-García and P. humboldtii(Warsz.)J.T. Atwood & Dresslersubsp.mostruosum(Archila) E. Mó& Pérez-García are the correct form to cite these subspecies.


We thankGustavo Romero-González (AMES) and Franco Pupulin (JBL) and two anonymous reviewers by the comments and recommendations to write this article.

Literature cited

Archila, M. (1999). Dos nuevas entidades del género PhragmipediumRolfe para Guatemala, Phragmipediummonstruosum Archila y Phragmipediumtriandum Archila. RevistaGuatemalensis, 2: 3-9. [ Links ]

Gruss, O.(2003). A checklist of the genus Phragmipedium.Orchid Digest, 67: 213-241. [ Links ]

Pérez-García, E.A.&Mó-Mó, E.A.(2015). Die Cypripediodeae von MesoamerikaTeil 2b Phragmipedium. Die Orchidee66(3): 216-225. [ Links ]

Pupulin, F.&Dressler, R.L.(2011). A nomenclatural note on Cypripedium humboldtii (Orchidaceae: Cypripedioideae).Harvard Papers in Botany, 16(1): 157-159. [ Links ]

Received: January 18, 2016; Revised: March 30, 2016; Accepted: April 05, 2016

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