[efloraofindia:32458] Malvaceae for id 170410MK1

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Muthu Karthick

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Apr 17, 2010, 2:36:47 AM4/17/10
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Dear all,
plase id this Malvaceae member.
Is this undershrub Hibiscus vitifolius L.?


Date/Time- 

08-01-2009 / 4:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- 

Sathamangalam RF; 1000msl

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- 

floors of dry deciduous forests

Plant Habit-

erect under-shrub

Height/Length- 

Up to 1 metre

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 

lobed; ca.5cm length

Inflorescence Type/ Size- 

single

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 

yellow; ca. 8cm across

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- 


Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- 

 

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Nayan Singh

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Apr 17, 2010, 2:54:14 AM4/17/10
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Yes Muthu ji
it is Hibiscus vitifolius L
 
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Hemanth

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Apr 17, 2010, 3:59:24 AM4/17/10
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check with Fioria vitifolia (L.) Mattei







On Apr 17, 11:54 am, Nayan Singh <ns_dungri...@yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> Yes Muthu ji
> it is Hibiscus vitifolius L
>  N.S.Dungriyal IFS
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> and Field Director
> Satpura Tiger Reserve Hoshangabad
> M.P.
> 09424792100
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> Subject: [efloraofindia:32458] Malvaceae for id 170410MK1
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> Dear all,
> plase id this Malvaceae member.
> Is this undershrub Hibiscus vitifolius L.?
>
> Date/Time-  08-01-2009 / 4:00 PM
> Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-  Sathamangalam RF; 1000msl
> Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-  floors of dry deciduous forests
> Plant Habit- erect under-shrub
> Height/Length-  Up to 1 metre
> Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-  lobed; ca.5cm length
> Inflorescence Type/ Size-  single
> Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-  yellow; ca. 8cm across
> Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- 
>
> Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-    --
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tanay bose

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Apr 17, 2010, 11:16:37 AM4/17/10
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Dear All,
This plant is indeed Hibiscus vitifolius or we can also say Kosteletzkya vitifolia from Malvaceae. Although the recent accepted name I hope is Fioria vitifolia. The name come from its Vitis like or we can say from the grape [Vitis vinifera /common grape vine/ Vitaceae] like leaf of it...
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Muthu Karthick

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Apr 19, 2010, 3:55:23 AM4/19/10
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Thank you all for the identification.

tanay bose

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Apr 19, 2010, 7:43:12 AM4/19/10
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WELCOME MUTHU
TANAY

Hemanth

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Apr 19, 2010, 11:49:53 AM4/19/10
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Tanay sir,

Can u please tell me how can one say if Hibiscus vitifolius, Kosteletezkya vitifolia and Fioria vitifolia are one and the same…I have been getting confused with scientific names…if they are same why there are different names..

 

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Dinesh Valke

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Apr 19, 2010, 12:25:51 PM4/19/10
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Dear Hemanth,
Not sure of your query, whether it is about the validity of the synonymy among the 3 names OR is it that the synonyms are in far placed genera.
Not sure of answers from botanical perspective, but that these names are related to each other as synonyms, and Hibiscus vitifolius is the current accepted name.



Here are few links in this regard:

Fioria Gallery, at Malvaceae Info
... http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Fioria/gallery.html

Malvaceae of southern peninsular India: a taxonomic monograph By V. V. Sivarajan, A.K. Pradeep
... http://books.google.co.in/books?id=XhVI5BluzCUC&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&dq=Fioria+vitifolia&source=bl&ots=aE_FfWvKdm&sig=XECOPt5Fyu7hdgqRg3HuOToNNqM&hl=en&ei=qHzMS6X6GoHCNdbRkM8F&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAUQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=Fioria%20vitifolia&f=false

Aluka
... http://www.aluka.org/action/showCompilationPage?doi=10.5555/AL.AP.COMPILATION.PLANT-NAME-SPECIES.HIBISCUS.VITIFOLIUS&tab=synonymy


Hoping to have not misunderstood your query.
Regards.

tanay bose

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Apr 19, 2010, 12:42:32 PM4/19/10
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Dear Hemant Ji,

Firstly I will like to tell you that I am not at all comfortable with using suffix like Sir and all with my name, better off with simply Tanay. Hope you will keep my request and will proceed calling me by my name in coming conversations.

I will try to answer your question up to my merit and knowledge. ……

 
Fioria vitifolia (Linn.) Mattei, Bol. R. Orto Bot. Palermo. 2:71. 1916.

Hibiscus vitifolius Linn., Sp. Pl. 696. 1753. Mast. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:338. 1874; Borss. in Blumea 14:82. 1966; Stewart in Nasir & Ali, Ann. Cat. Vase. Pl. Pak. Kash. 480. 1972.

Kosteletzkya vitifolia (L.) M.R.Almeida & N.Patil, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 93(1): 111. 1996.

 
Kosteletzkya vitifolia (L.) M.R.Almeida & N.Patil AND Hibiscus vitifolius Linn. are regarded as a synonym of Fioria vitifolia(Linn.) Mattei.

Hence Fioria vitifolia is the valid name for this particular plant.

My references are E-flora of Pakistan and ICBN Vienna Code 2005 (published in 2006).

 
Regards

Tanay

tanay bose

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Apr 19, 2010, 12:48:52 PM4/19/10
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Dear Dinesh ji,
For your kind information I will like to bring it to your notice that according to "E-Flora of Pakistan" the recent valid name is Fioria vitifolia (Linn.) Mattei and Hibiscus vitifolius Linn. is regarded as its synonym. Please check from the following link
 
Regards
Tanay

Dinesh Valke

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Apr 19, 2010, 12:49:30 PM4/19/10
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... will stand corrected about the currency of name ... referred Aliuka where it mentions Hibiscus vitifolius L. subsp.vitifolius as current.
Regards.

Dinesh Valke

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Apr 19, 2010, 12:53:12 PM4/19/10
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Did notice that eflora webpage ... but did not feel satisfied with no mention of Kosteletzkya vitifolia.... besides it classifies other names among Lower Taxon and Related Synonym(s).
Regards.

tanay bose

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Apr 19, 2010, 12:56:42 PM4/19/10
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I will wait for other senior collegues to respond Dinesh ji .... I really need to know the valid name of this plant quit interesting investigation is going on thanks to Hemant Ji for pointing it out.
Tanay

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Did notice that eflora webpage ... but did not feel satisfied with no mention of Kosteletzkya vitifolia.... besides it classifies other names among Lower Taxon and Related Synonym(s).
Regards.


On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:18 PM, tanay bose <tanay...@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Dinesh ji,
For your kind information I will like to bring it to your notice that according to "E-Flora of Pakistan" the recent valid name is Fioria vitifolia (Linn.) Mattei and Hibiscus vitifolius Linn. is regarded as its synonym. Please check from the following link
 
Regards
Tanay




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Dinesh Valke

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Apr 19, 2010, 1:44:57 PM4/19/10
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... getting to know the latest name would be solution to our discussion, Tanay.
Not sure whether it is taking care of Hemanth's query.

Hemanth

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Apr 19, 2010, 2:03:44 PM4/19/10
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Actually it’s a complex issue…seniors may contribute better

There are few people working in my lab but they are still in investigation process and are still to come out with correct interpretation..

Tanay ji I thought I might get some clue on it here…since last few months Fioria vitifolia is disturbing me…

There are interesting stories behind nomenclature of any sps u take…I am sure there wud be something coming out with Fioria if it is dug a bit more deeper…

 

Waiting for answers…

Thanks tanay ji and dinesh ji

 

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Apr 20, 2010, 3:59:25 AM4/20/10
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Came across this very valuable and interesting information in Dr. Almeida'a flora of Mah. vol I. Attaching scanned copies of description with Dr. Almeida's explanations and a line drawing of K.vitifolia. Hope this helps in resolving the ID and enhances the understanding of the nomenclature of this species.
 
regards,
Rashida.   


 



 

Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:26:42 +0530
Subject: Re: [efloraofindia:32691] Re: Malvaceae for id 170410MK1
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tanay bose

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Apr 20, 2010, 8:15:17 AM4/20/10
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Dear Rashida Ji,
Dr. Almeida clearly states that Hibiscus vitifolius is a synonym of Kosteletzkya vitifolia (Writeup1.jpg). In eflora of Pakistan it has been stated that Hibiscus vitifolius is synonym of Fioria vitifolia. Then we can conclude that all this named are synonyms of each other resceptively. I searched a lot but could not find all this three names together in any website or literature ,always a permutation combination of two names can be found which is delimiting me from getting the recent valid name of the plant. Does anyone have any information regarding this, if yes kindly help to resolve the identification for this particular plant.
Regards
Tanay

Dinesh Valke

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Apr 20, 2010, 9:38:26 AM4/20/10
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tanay bose

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Apr 20, 2010, 9:58:25 AM4/20/10
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Dear Dinesh ji,
Thank you very much .....I went to Aluka site with the page which has a herbarium specimen of the plant but hopefully missed this particular page thanks for you kind help then we can say that Hibiscus vitifolius L. in the valid name now. Thanks for all!!
 
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Tanay

Gurcharan Singh

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Apr 20, 2010, 10:11:41 AM4/20/10
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Dear Tanay
Although it appears that the three are synonyms, things are not very clear. Unfortunately Almeida & Patil, while giving this combination in JBNHS 93(1): 111, 1996, failed to give basionym, and as such the combination can't be considered as legitimate according to ICBN rules. The choice is between the other two Hibiscus vitifolius and Fioria vitifolia, although when recognising Fioria as a distinct genus Mattei again failed to give type of the genus, essential under the rules. It is not a simple priority issue, but a taxonomic decision whether you want to accept a broadly circumscribed Hibiscus, or leave it as paraphyletic and create smaller genera like Fiori. APG now advocates monophyletic taxa and as has been done by the abolition of monocots as distinct group in all recent phylogenetic classifications. In such cases it is safer to follow what has been done in the recent years.

If look at Fioria vitifolia, it has been recognised by eFlora of Pakistan (1979), USA (based on Loigier, H.A. 1994. Descriptive Flora of Puerto Rico and Adjacent Islands. Spermatophyta. Vols. 1-5. Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.), FloraBase: Western Australia (1996), Sivarajan & Pradeep (Malvaceae of Southern Penninsular India, 1996), 

Those who include Fioria under Hibiscus include Eflora of China (1994), GRIN (1985-verified, 2000 updated, ssp. lukei, 2003), African Plant Database (updated 10-4-2010), ARS Database (1985, 2000) and several others.

BUT THEN THERE IS A BIG CATCH. BOTH USDA DATABASE AND ITIS TREAT THEM AS DISTINCT RECOGNISED TAXA, HIBISCUS VITIFOLIUS COMMONLY KNOWN AS TRPICAL ROSE MALLOW AND PROVIDING PHOTOGRAPH FROM SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION AND FIORIA VITIFOLIA AS TROPICAL FANLEAF WITH ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH FROM SAME. PICK YOUR CHOOSE AND GET MORE CONFUSED>





The matter remains still unresolved for me!!!!!!!!

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tanay bose

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Dear Gurcharan ji,
this is really confusing to the extreme level I am getting clueless .... If you get any more information please help me.
regards
tanay

Gurcharan Singh

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Apr 20, 2010, 10:27:42 AM4/20/10
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If you look plants depicted at USDA Database the plant of Hibiscus vitifolius has much deeper and narrower lobes of leaf, whereas those of Fioria vitifolia much shallower and broader. If the two are distinct, then our plant fits more with Fioria vitifolia.


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tanay bose

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Apr 20, 2010, 10:30:05 AM4/20/10
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Yes sir right u r
the plant posted by Muthu has much broader leaves ..
then can i go with Fioria vitifolia?
Regards
Tanay

Pardeshi S.

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Apr 20, 2010, 10:52:19 AM4/20/10
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Hello all
Check this all
it states Fioria vitifolia as current name

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/research-curation/research/projects/linnaean-typification/list.dsml?Genusqtype=starts+with&Genus=Hibiscus&Speciesqtype=starts+with&Species=vitifolius&Varqtype=starts+with&Var=&Ref=&CGenusqtype=starts+with&CGenus=&CSpeciesqtype=starts+with&CSpecies=&CSspqtype=starts+with&CSsp=&CVarqtype=starts+with&CVar=&Family=&sort=Genus,Species

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Satish Pardeshi

On Apr 20, 6:38 pm, Dinesh Valke <dinesh.va...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Tanay ... you may have missed this link :http://www.aluka.org/action/showCompilationPage?doi=10.5555/AL.AP.COM......
> it has all the names.
> Regards.
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM, tanay bose <tanaybos...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear Rashida Ji,
> > Dr. Almeida clearly states that *Hibiscus vitifolius* is a synonym of *Kosteletzkya
> > vitifolia* (Writeup1.jpg). In eflora of Pakistan it has been stated that* Hibiscus
> > vitifolius* is synonym of *Fioria vitifolia*. Then we can conclude that
> > all this named are synonyms of each other resceptively. I searched a lot but
> > could not find all this three names together in any website or literature
> > ,always a permutation combination of two names can be found which is
> > delimiting me from getting the recent valid name of the plant. Does anyone
> > have any information regarding this, if yes kindly help to resolve the
> > identification for this particular plant.
> > Regards
> > Tanay
>
> > On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM, rashida atthar <rashidaatt...@hotmail.com
> > > wrote:
>
> >> Came across this very valuable and interesting information in Dr.
> >> Almeida'a flora of Mah. vol I. Attaching scanned copies of description with
> >> Dr. Almeida's explanations and a line drawing of K.vitifolia. Hope this
> >> helps in resolving the ID and enhances the understanding of the nomenclature
> >> of this species.
>
> >> regards,
> >> Rashida.
>
> >> ------------------------------
> >> Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:26:42 +0530
> >> Subject: Re: [efloraofindia:32691] Re: Malvaceae for id 170410MK1
>
> >> From: tanaybos...@gmail.com
> >> To: dinesh.va...@gmail.com
> >> CC: hemanthtripa...@gmail.com; nmk....@gmail.com;
> >> indian...@googlegroups.com
>
> >> I will wait for other senior collegues to respond Dinesh ji .... I really
> >> need to know the valid name of this plant quit interesting investigation is
> >> going on thanks to Hemant Ji for pointing it out.
> >> Tanay
>
> >> On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:23 PM, Dinesh Valke <dinesh.va...@gmail.com>wrote:
>
> >> Did notice that eflora webpage ... but did not feel satisfied with no
> >> mention of Kosteletzkya vitifolia.... besides it classifies other names
> >> among Lower Taxon and Related Synonym(s).
> >> Regards.
>
> >> On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:18 PM, tanay bose <tanaybos...@gmail.com>wrote:
>
> >> Dear Dinesh ji,
> >> For your kind information I will like to bring it to your notice that
> >> according to "E-Flora of Pakistan" the recent valid name is *Fioria
> >> vitifolia* (Linn.) Mattei and *Hibiscus vitifolius* Linn. is regarded as
> >> its synonym. Please check from the following link
> >>http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=5&taxon_id=250071289
>
> >> Regards
> >> Tanay
>
> >> --
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> >> +91(033) 25550676 (Resi)
> >> 9830439691(Mobile)
> >> 9674221362 (Mobile)
>
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Apr 20, 2010, 11:14:36 AM4/20/10
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As far as i understand, the erstwhile Hibiscus vitifolius was elevated as a new genus 'Fioria' owing to the winged nature of fruits. eflora of Pakistan recognized this while GRIN has not yet updated/recognized. Two subspecies are described in eflora of Pakistan: http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=5&taxon_id=250071290
 
Parts densely stellate-pubescent and the leaves entire to shallowly 3-7-lobed .....Fioria vitifolia ssp. vulgaris (Brenan & Exell) S. Abedin
Parts sparsely pubescent and the leaves are deeply 3-7-lobed............................Fioria vitifolia L. ssp. vitifolia (the plant in Muthu's pictures match to this)

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Hemanth

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Apr 20, 2010, 11:14:24 AM4/20/10
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Thank you sir.

That gives me some clear picture…

I was waiting for your reply.

 

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THANK YOU THIS REALY MAKE ME FEEL THAT MY SPECULATION WAS CORRECT ..... THANKS VIJAYASANKAR JI .
TANAY

tanay bose

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Apr 20, 2010, 11:28:49 AM4/20/10
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OHH SOORY THANKS TO SATISH jI TOOO
TANAY

Gurcharan Singh

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Apr 20, 2010, 10:24:41 PM4/20/10
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Dear friends
It is fine to assume (and that we have been doing) that they are synonymous, but what about USDA and ITIS databases, the former gives two different local names and photographs of two different plants for them? Do we totally ignore them?, or there is some thing to it. 


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tanay bose

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Dear Gurcharan ji,
As far i have seen different renowned plant database is treating this particular plant in differnt manner as far as the specific epithet is concerned. hence the complete matter is very confusing and clueless to me..
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Tanay

R. Vijayasankar

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Apr 21, 2010, 1:27:49 AM4/21/10
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Dear Gurcharan ji and all,
 
This topic warrents a 'research' article. That much confusion! but its interesting! The learning is we can't completely rely on any single database, for some or the other reasons. Please read with patience:
 
1. E-Flora of Pakistan and Wikispecies http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fioria_vitifolia have clearly quoted Fioria vitifolia as accepted name and Hibiscus vitifolius as synonym/basionym. The Flora of China http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=115438 does not deal with Hibiscus vitifolius complex, but has a species H. yunnanensis, an another species having winged capsules (should have been Fioria yunnanensis?!)
 
2. GRIN database of USDA http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/genform.pl says "sorry, there are no species in GRIN matching the query string "Fioria*" but there is at least one accepted genus record matching "Fioria*". Here, if you select 2. View the GRIN generic record(s) for "Fioria" it leads to a Genus: Fioria Mattei (Genus number 4681) page where it says 'sometimes included in: Hibiscus L. However it also says "no species records exist for this genus in GRIN" (my question here is how the genus name is accepted, without any species in it? So, we can safely say this database yet to update the species names for Fioria).
 
3. Let's come to USDA Plants Profile http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch. As you said it gives two different pictures in two different names viz. Hibiscus vitifolius and Fioria vitifolia (time being lets keep the local name issue aside). I think that some of the pictures are incorrectly identified at the source level and without verification it has been included in the USDA database. These pictures are sourced (see below the picture) from Botany department image gallery Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History http://persoon.si.edu/PlantImages/. When you search for Fioria vitifolia it gives 2 pictures which are correct. But when you search for Hibiscus vitifolius, it provides 7 pictures, but i was shocked to find that they actually belong to 4 different species. Of these, the first one is, i think, Hibiscus cannabinus, the 3rd and 4th pictures are Bauhinia tomentosa (?), 2nd and 6th are Fioria vitifolia and 5th and 7th pictures could be some Decaschistia species.
 
Thank you all for the opportunity.
 
Sorry for the long mail.
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With regards

R. Vijayasankar
National Center for Natural Products Research,
The University of Mississippi,
Oxford, MS-38677, USA.

Gurcharan Singh

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Apr 21, 2010, 1:56:41 AM4/21/10
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Vijayasankar ji
It is not for nothing that I that designated our group as efloraofindia research forum. Keep the good work on. Let us investigate further, and till then our plant is Fioria vitifolia.

tanay bose

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Apr 21, 2010, 2:03:22 AM4/21/10
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Dear Gurcharan ji & Vijayasankar ji,
I will look for more information regarding this plant its getting interesting day by day
tanay
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