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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2021-03-12
Page range: 220–220
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Justicia volkeri, a new name for Justicia fittonioides Lindau (Acanthaceae)

Department of Botany, Janata Mahavidyalaya, Chandrapur – 442 401, Maharashtra, India.
Department of Botany, Madras Christian College (Autonomous), Tambaram East, Chennai – 600 059, Tamil Nadu, India.
Illegitimate Later Homonym New Name Acanthaceae Eudicots


Justicia Linnaeus (1753: 15) is the largest genus in the family Acanthaceae with about 700 species mainly distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world (Mabberley 2017). After a through scrutiny of literature and type specimens, it was found that the name of a Brazilian endemic species, Justicia fittonioides Lindau (1904: 411) is illegitimate as it is a later homonym of an African endemic species, Justicia fittonioides Moore (1878: 134). Therefore, a new name is proposed here in accordance with the article 53.1 of Shenzhen Code (Turland et al. 2018).