? Hypericum chinense

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Hypericum chinense OSBECK



This name predates H. chinense L. (1759), as MERRILL () pointed out. MERRILL, however, thought that LINNAEUS and OSBECK had described the same species, whereas OSBECK'S description is of a herb with quadrangular stems, and therefore his name cannot be applied to the Linnaean species. If H. chinense OSBECK is a Hypericum, as seems likely, then it is almost certainly an earlier name for H. japonicum THUNB. ex MURRAY. In the absence of a specimen, however, and in the interest of nomenclatural stability, it should be regarded as a nomen dubium.