Compositae vs. Asteraceae ??

Steve cereoid at
Tue Aug 7 16:33:08 EST 2001

The phrase "except in specified cases." in Principle IV refers to conserved
names not the eight obsolete Jussieu family names.

The family names Arecaceae and Ericaceae are neither homonyms nor are the
pronounced the same.

----- Original Message -----
From: Donna I. Ford-Werntz <diford at>
To: Cereoid* <cereoid at>
Cc: <plant-ed at>
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 10:09 PM
Subject: Re: Compositae vs. Asteraceae ??

> I'm with Bryan on this one (as I previously replied privately with the
> answer).  The Asteraceae/Compositae duality is one of eight families that
> qualify under the Principle IV exclusion "except in specified cases."
> However, it is true that in many cases the older name is falling into
> disuse.  One that will be long-standing I believe is Palmae rather than
> Arecaceae (vs. Ericaceae).
> Donna I. Ford-Werntz     West Virginia Univ.
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