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Identity of Aralia bastardiana Decaisne

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Title:Identity of Aralia bastardiana Decaisne
Authors:Frodin, D.G.
Date Issued:Jul 1990
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Frodin DG. 1990. Identity of Aralia bastardiana decaisne. Pac Sci 44(3): 265-276.
Abstract:Aralia bastardiana Decne., since its written description in 1864 [as
Panax bastardianus (Decne.) Decne.] thought to be from Tahiti but never recollected
there, is considered almost certainly to have been collected in the
Marquesas. It is identical to Cheirodendron marquesense F. Brown, the name by
which the Marquesanpimata, the only species of the genus outside the Hawaiian
Islands, is usually known. A new combination, Cheirodendron bastardianum, is
therefore made. Spirally arranged leaves, seemingly exceptional in Cheirodendron
but depicted on the main shoot in Decaisne's illustration of Aralia bastardiana,
also occur in juvenile plants and on reversion shoots of Hawaiian species, at
least in C. trigynum subsp. helleri and C. platyphyllum subsp. kauaiense. A list
of localities and specimens seen of C. bastardianum is given.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 44, Number 3, 1990

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