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The Pinguicula benedicta 'puzzle' resolved

Jan Schlauer

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 48(3):121
Published 31 July 2019

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In his recently published monograph on the genus Pinguicula in the Greater Antilles, Casper (2019: 100) writes with respect to the 'dubious taxon' P. benedicta Barnhart: 'Holotype: Cuba, Oriente, trail [from] Camp La Barga to Camp San Benito 43, 23 [' 22-26 '] Feb 1910, Shafer 4025 (NY, destroyed in 1943 while on loan to B)'. There is apparently no original material in the New York herbarium (NY), and the assumption that it was destroyed in Berlin (B) cannot plausibly be refuted. It should, however, be noted that Barnhart (1920: 110) did not specify the herbarium in his original type reference, and as already noted by Shimai (2017: 274) there is a well-preserved specimen of 'Shafer 4025' in the herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum (A, barcode 93357).

Keywords: Pinguicula benedicta, Greater Antilles

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Jan Schlauer. 2019. The Pinguicula benedicta 'puzzle' resolved. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 48(3):121.

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