Chirita name changes

Chirita name changes

Postby admin » December 14th, 2011, 11:44 am

Dear All,
There were quite a few changes according to the names recently. I copy here a very good summarizing from John Boggan:

"The dismantling of Chirita was a topic of spirited discussion at the Gesneriad Society convention last week and I suppose it's time to expand on my rather cryptic pre-convention comment about Chirita. For those of you who want the full taxonomic and nomenclatural details, here is a link to the paper:

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/i ... 3/art00012

Chirita has traditionally been subdivided into 3 groups of species: section Chirita (mostly Sri Lankan, Indian, and Himalayan, shrubby or annual non-succulent species), section Microchirita (tropical annual species, mostly from SE Asia), and section Gibbosaccus (fleshy-leafed rosulate species from southern China and northern Vietnam). Chirita asperifolia and its immediate relatives (all tropical, shrubby species from Sumatra and Java) were more recently split off into a fourth section, Liebigia. These various groups turn out not to be closely related to each other, and more closely related to other genera. Here's a quick summary of where these species are now placed:

Section Liebigia: these species now become the genus Liebigia.

Section Microchirita: these now become the genus Microchirita.

Section Gibbosaccus: these species now become the genus Primulina. This genus now also includes the species formerly in Chiritopsis. Primulina tabacum and all the Chiritopsis species fall smack in the middle of section Gibbosaccus, and Primulina is the oldest available generic name within this group. The biggest problem here is that Chirita sinensis now becomes Primulina dryas (because the name Primulina sinensis already existed).

Section Chirita: this section includes the type species of Chirita (C. urticifolia), and most of these species fell into a group that included the type species of Henckelia (H. incana from southern India). Since Henckelia is an older name than Chirita, it takes priority and these species become Henckelia. *Poof*, Chirita is gone.

Meanwhile, the non-Indian species of Henckelia prove to belong somewhere else entirely, and will presumably be transferred to one or more other genera in the near future.

The biggest practical effect for hobbyists is that most of the familiar species of Chirita (i.e., the rosulate species from China and their hybrids) will now become Primulina. And let's face it, that's not such a bad name for them.

John Boggan"
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby Valkiria » December 14th, 2011, 3:02 pm

Sincerely, I like more how sounds Primulina, then Chirita :D

So, all chirita that we have on the forum, are now Primulina? We must rename our catalogues.
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby Laci » December 14th, 2011, 4:42 pm

I prefer Chirita. We use the word Primula, which is an annual flower. Primulina is so similar when you pronaunce it.

Renaming chiritas to primulina is not so evident for me. I think I will use old names, until it will be clear what is the new name of different varieties.
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby illustrator » December 31st, 2011, 10:47 pm

Pity we have to pay for the article ...

I think that we can wait to see how the AVSA is going to react.

What we prefer or not is unfortunately not relevant: the scientific names of plants have to follow the official rules ... :D
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby Valkiria » January 1st, 2012, 1:31 pm

Of, course, Illustrator. And we will follow their decision.
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby Valkiria » October 22nd, 2012, 10:54 pm

I have received the next issue of African Violet Magazine. There is an article which explains the changes of the genus Chirita into Primulina.

I attach the information, hope there is nothing wrong in this, it just will help all the growers understand better these changes.

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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby illustrator » November 28th, 2012, 8:56 pm

I can't help to think that Primulina tabacum looks very, very different from for instance Primulina linearifolia or the most common hybrid Primulina ... ...
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby botan » January 18th, 2013, 1:26 am

I guess that is on psychological level. I don't think it is so much different, especially when we look at Primulina lijiangensis. :roll:
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby botan » August 20th, 2013, 3:54 pm

This link could be helpful. :)
http://www.pariscotejardin.fr/2012/01/n ... a-tamiana/

Chirita anachoreta = Henckelia anachoreta
Chirita asperifolia = Liebigia speciosa
Chirita balansae = Primulina balansae
Chirita barbata = Microchirita barbata
Chirita bogneriana = Primulina bogneriana
Chirita brassicoides = Primulina brassicoides
Chirita briggsioides = Henckelia briggsioides
Chirita caliginosa = Microchirita caliginosa
Chirita dielsii = Henckelia dielsii
Chirita eburnea = Primulina eburnea
Chirita elphinstonia = Microchirita elphinstonia
Chirita fimbrisepala = Primulina fimbrisepala
Chirita flavimaculata = Primulina flavimaculata
Chirita gemella = Primulina gemella
Chirita hamosa = Microchirita hamosa
Chirita heterotricha = Primulina heterotricha
Chirita hookeri = Henckelia hookeri
Chirita involucrata = Microchirita involucrata
Chirita lavandulacea = Microchirita lavandulacea
Chirita liboensis = Primulina liboensis
Chirita linearifolia = Primulina linearifolia
Chirita longgangensis = Primulina longgangensis
Chirita lutea = Primulina lutea
Chirita micromusa = not! Primulina micromusa, but Microchirita micromusa
Chirita minutimaculata = Primulina minutimaculata
Chirita moonii = Henckelia moonii
Chirita ophiopogoides = Primulina ophiopogoides
Chirita pteropoda = Primulina pteropoda
Chirita pumila = Henckelia pumila
Chirita sclerophylla = Primulina sclerophylla
Chirita sericea = Microchirita sericea
Chirita sinensis = not! Primulina sinensis, but Primulina dryas
Chirita spadiciformis = Primulina spadiciformis
Chirita speciosa = Henckelia speciosa
Chirita subrhomboidea = Primulina subrhomboidea
Chirita tamiana = Primulina tamiana
Chirita tribracteata = Primulina tribracteata
Chirita urticifolia = Henckelia urticifolia
Chirita viola = Microchirita viola
Chirita walkerae = Henckelia walkerae
Chirita wentsaii = Primulina wentsaii
Chirita yungfuensis = Primulina yungfuensis
Chirita zeylanica = Henckelia communis


Some of them are included in the picture that Didi post, but some of them are not.
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby HankaP » September 2nd, 2013, 10:06 pm

Yes, very useful list - but beware for Chirita sinensis - there is a mistake! Primulina sinensis is one of the synonyms for Primulina tabacum, so this name is not available as a consequence of.
So Chirita sinensis was named now Primulina dryas (after C. dryas, one of the synonyms of C. sinensis).
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Re: Chirita name changes

Postby botan » September 3rd, 2013, 12:23 am

Yes there are some mistakes. Also the former Chirita micromusa is now Microchirita and not Primulina as it is written.
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