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Cylindropuntia californica (Torr. & A. Gray) F. M. Knuth var. californica
CACTACEAE
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Information from the Index of California Plant Names (ICPN)
Current Jepson Flora Project Synonyms Opuntia parryi Engelm. var. serpentina (Engelm.) L.D. Benson; Opuntia serpentina Engelm.
Initial Editorial Analysis 6 Apr 2011
Source of Report for California Correspondence 1
Correspondence and Comments Subsequent to Initial Analysis
Correspondence 1 [for Cylindropuntia californica (Torr. & A. Gray) F. M. Knuth] 11 Mar 2003 e-mail from Jeff Greenhouse see Comment 1
Editorial Comments 1 Correspondence 1 indicates that, according to Donald J. Pinkava (Haseltonia 4:103. 1996), the name Opuntia californica (Torr. & A. Gray) Coville (1899), based on Cereus californicus Torr. & A. Gray (1840), must be used instead of Opuntia parryi Engelm (1852): for many years the name Opuntia californica Engelm. (1848), for a plant not occurring in California, was considered to have priority [over Opuntia californica (Torr. & A. Gray) Coville], so that Opuntia parryi Engelm. has been used instead [for the taxon in CA]; however, Pinkava explained "New plant names published in Engelmann's 1848 letter to Emory are provisional (ICBN Art 34.1(b). . .) and therefore not valid. . .O. californica Engelm. was never validated." [J. Strother, in a pers. comm. to Greenhouse, agrees with Pinkava's analysis], so that Opuntia californica (Torr. & A. Gray) Coville therefore is the correct name for the taxon in California when it is included in Opuntia [but see Correspondence 2].
Correspondence 2 11 Mar 2003 e-mail from Jeff Greenhouse see Comment 2
Editorial Comments 2 Correspondence 2 indicates that, according to Marc Baker (The Jepson Manual [Ed. 1] co-author for Opuntia), there now is wide acceptance of Cylindropuntia for the "true chollas", so that [also for reasons discussed in Correspondence 1] Cylindropuntia californica (Torr. & A. Gray) F. M. Knuth var. californica (autonym established by the publication of Cylindropuntia californica (Torr. & A. Gray) F. M. Knuth var. parkeri (J.M. Coult) Pinkava, in J. Arizona-Nevada Acad. Sci. 33:150. 2001) is to be used for the taxon listed as a synonym and not recognized in The Jepson Manual [Ed. 1] as Opuntia parryi var. serpentina, if in fact this infraspecific taxon is to be recognized.
Editorial Summary and Current Status
Editorial Summary addition, for taxon recognized since The Jepson Manual [Ed. 1]
Current Status JFP-1, accepted name for taxon native to CA
Current Status Authority The Jepson Manual [Ed. 2]
Current Status Date 6 Apr 2011
List of names for this Current Status category
List of ICPN names in Cylindropuntia californica
List of names from ICPN, Hrusa's Crosswalk, and Jepson Flora in Cylindropuntia

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