_Pinguicula_ vs. study group

Jan Schlauer (zxmsl01@studserv.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de)
Mon, 31 Jan 1994 11:20:50 +0100


>(...)_P._ X l'hautil

Is this described as a new cultivar (with photo and parentage), or is it
just another junk name?

>, a nomenclatural synopsis of the genus (70 species---Jan, have you
>seen this?

No, but I remember having published a list (under a similar name but with
fewer species recognized valid) six years earlier in CPN. ;-)
Does it contain bogus (or even *valid*) names not yet included in my list?

>(...) and a new species described.

What is the name (author, page no., type) of this new species?

> _Pinguicula longifolia_ Ram.
> An introduction to its cultivation based on
> personal experience in Hampshire, England.
> by Kevin Hughes _Introduction_
> The long leaved butterwort occurs in three distinct ranges
>in S.W. Europe, each of which contains an isolated subspecies.

This (slightly outdated) information is apparently derived from CASPER's
monograph (1966). Indeed, there are 4 sspp. (the 4th to be validated
soon...). The range of _P.l.ssp.reichenbachiana_ is rather two or even
three different mountain systems, separated from each other. Not
surprisingly, this ssp. is excessively polymorphic. One of the forms from
Abruzzo has even been described as an independent species (_P.fiorii_), the
"differences" not being sufficiently constant, and the population being
truly sympatric with _P.l.ssp. reichenbachiana_, it has to be reduced to
> _P. longifolia ssp. longifolia_ inhabits the central Pyrenees,
>_P. longifolia ssp. caussensis_ the mountains of south central France, and
>_P. longifolia ssp. reichenbachiana_ the Maritime Alps and Appenines.

The 4th ssp. comes from the mountains near Tortosa, Spain.
> _P. longifolia ssp. caussensis_ is the smallest subspecies

The 4th ssp. is sometimes even smaller.

>The International Pinguicula Study Group
>Newsletter No. 1. April 1992
> _Pinguicula agnata_?
> by Ron Mudd

> (...) Although these two plants have not been officially described as
>species to date, I believe that this is to be done in the near future.

I hope not (not at specific rank, at least!). I have mentioned already that
_P.agnata_ is *EXTREMELY* widespread and variable.

Kind regards