Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid, Vol 68, No 1 (2011)

The case of Lonchocarpus costaricensis (Leguminosae, Papilionoideae), an endemic species of Costa Rica: a taxonomic-nomenclatural complex, and a new species

Nelson A. Zamora
Unidad Estratégica de Botánica, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), Costa Rica


Mixed collections, a lack of type specimen designation and strong morphological similarity between collections cited in the Derris costaricensis protologue has led to a very confused taxonomic and nomenclatural situation surrounding the species Lonchocarpus costaricensis (Donn. Sm.) Pittier; a detailed taxonomic study has revealed that a new species (Lonchocarpus felipei N. Zamora) here described, is involved. Also, the original lectotipification of Lonchocarpus macrocarpus Benth., is re-establish it here.


Taxonomy; nomenclature; Leguminosae; Lonchocarpus; species complex; lectotypification; a new species

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