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Studies in Hawaiian Rutaceae, II. Identity of Pelea sandwicensis

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Title: Studies in Hawaiian Rutaceae, II. Identity of Pelea sandwicensis
Authors: Stone, Benjamin C.
Issue Date: Oct 1962
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Stone BC. 1962. Studies in Hawaiian rutaceae, II. Identity of Pelea sandwicensis. Pac Sci 16(4): 366-373.
Abstract: The Hawaiian rutaceae, comprising the
three indigenous genera Pelea, Platydesma, and
Fagara, include some 70 or 80 species all of
which are trees or shrubs. Individuals of various
species of Pelea, in particular, constitute an important
element in much of the Hawaiian vegetation.
The genus Pelea (commemorating Pele,
goddess of Hawaiian volcanoes) was established
by Asa Gray, who described several species.
Gray's student Horace Mann botanized in the
Hawaiian Islands with William Brigham, collected
on several islands, and published several
important works on the taxonomy of Hawaiian
plants. One of Mann's special interests was the
Hawaiian Ruraceae, and in a revision of these
plants (in 1866) he described several new species
and established the endemic genus Platydesma.
Later, in his incomplete Flora of the Hawaiian
Islands, Mann presented a detailed treatment of
Pelea. It is from the original description of. Pelea sandwicensis according to Gray, and from
Mann's writings, that a long-held misconception
of the identity of this perplexing species
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 16, Number 4, 1962

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