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A Prior Name for the Hawaiian Gouldia terminalis (Rubiaceae)

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Title:A Prior Name for the Hawaiian Gouldia terminalis (Rubiaceae)
Authors:Wilbur, Robert L.
Date Issued:Oct 1963
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Wilbur RL. 1963. A prior name for the Hawaiian Gouldia terminalis (rubiaceae). Pac Sci 17(4): 421-423.
Abstract:Among the most frequently encountered woody
plants in the wetter, forested portions of the
Hawaiian Islands are members of the extremely
variable genus Gouldia. Fosberg (1937) presented
the results of his detailed study of this
baffling genus and concluded that the variability
could be properly categorized in not less than
three species composed of more than 90 varieties
and forms. However, even this number of formally
named taxa failed adequately to represent
the variability, for hybridization was so rampant
that at that time more than 50 hybrids were
also recognized and characterized. It is therefore
not surprising that Gouldia has acquired a reputation,
among botanists working on Hawaiian
plants, not unlike that of Crataegus and Rubus
in the eastern United States. Like those genera,
it is naturally felt that its taxonomy can now be
handled only by a specialist. The present note,
written far from Hawaii, is therefore merely
concerned with the nomenclature of the most
widespread and-variable species of this endemic
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 17, Number 4, 1963

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