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Taxon: Rhododendron minus Michx. var. chapmanii (Alph. Wood) W. H. Duncan & Pullen

Genus: Rhododendron
Subgenus: Rhododendron
Section: Rhododendron
Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Ericoideae
Tribe: Rhodoreae
Nomen number: 320350
Place of publication: Brittonia 14:297. 1962
Link to protologue:
Comment: according to Gandhi & Zarucchi, Harvard Pap. Bot. 14:1. 2009, Duncan & Pullen failed to correctly cite the basionym, citing only "R. chapmanii A. Gray" (1876). Because Gray had cited "R. punctatum var. Chapm. Fl. 266", Gandhi & Zarucchi interpreted this to be an explicit citation of the validly published R. punctatum var. chapmanii Alph. Wood (1870) and applied Shanzhen ICN Art. 41.8a and its Ex. 25 to conclude that Duncan & Pullen's citation of the later basionym cannot be corrected and their proposed new combination was not validly published. However, what Gray cited was clearly Chapman's (Fl. South. U.S. 266. 1860) mention of an unnamed variety of R. punctatum; there was no "explicit reference to Wood's varietal name" as Gandhi & Zarucchi have asserted, so their conclusion on the invalidity of Duncan & Pullen's name is unsupported. Because Gray (1876) provided no reference to Alph. Wood's (1870) earlier publication of the basionym whose final epithet was adopted by Duncan & Pullen, under Shenzhen ICN Art. 41.8a we consider Duncan & Pullen's basionym citation of Gray to be correctable to that of Alph. Wood.
Name Verified on: 08-Dec-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Apr-2019
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


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Economic Importance:

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Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Florida]


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  2. Clewell, A. F. Guide to the vascular plants of the Florida panhandle (F FlaPan)
  3. Cullen, J. 1980. A revision of Rhododendron. I. Subgenus Rhododendron sections Rhododendron & Pogonanthum Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 39:92.
  4. Cullen, J. & D. F. Chamberlain 1978. A preliminary synopsis of the genus Rhododendron Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 36:110.
  5. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  6. Gandhi, K. N. & J. L. Zarucchi 2009. Validation of Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii (Ericaceae) Harvard Pap. Bot. 14:1.
  7. Kartesz, J. T. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. (L US Can ed2)
  8. Luteyn, J. L. et al. 1996. Ericaceae of the southeastern United States (Castanea) 61:118.
  9. United States Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Species Information: threatened and endangered animals and plants (on-line resource). (US Fish & Wildl List)
  10. Wunderlin, R. & B. Hansen Atlas of Florida vascular plants (on-line resource). (Atlas Florida)

Check other web resources for Rhododendron minus Michx. var. chapmanii (Alph. Wood) W. H. Duncan & Pullen :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=320350. Accessed 25 April 2019.