Hidcotense vs. Hidcoteense

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  1. Axel

    Axel Active Member

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    What's the stance on geographical names that end with a silent e? I'm sure it's stated somewhere, but I haven't found any examples of it in the International Code of Nomenclature.

    I came across these 2 variations for Hidcote (taking the termination -ense):

    - Symphytum × hidcotense P.D.Sell
    - Hypericum × hidcoteense Geerinck

    ...but which one is the correct way to write?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    If there's no guidance in the ICN, then likely both are permissible, just important to stick to the original spelling used in each case by each author.
     
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    Just a thought. The second species name "hidcoteense" was named by "Geerink". That surname, I suspect, is Dutch, and Dutch grammar may prefer to have the "ee" to indicate a possessive grammatical case (declension) such as this.
     
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