Lectotypifications in Goodyera (Orchidaceae) by Avishek Bhattacharjee and R.K. Bhakat (Rheeda Vol 20(2) 73-75, 2010- The names Goodyera hemsleyana King & Pantl., Hetaeria fusca Lindl. [Goodyera fusca (Lindl.) Hook.f.] and Neottia viridifl ora Blume [Goodyera viridifl ora (Blume) Lindl. ex D. Dietr.] are lectotypifi ed and the photographs of the selected lectotypes are provided.)


Please find info on one of our new articles attached with the mail.
Hu, C., H.Z. Tian, H. Li, A.-Q. Hu, F.W. Xing, A. Bhattacharjee, T. Hsu, P. Kumar & S.Chung. 2016. Phylogenetic Analysis of a ‘Jewel Orchid’ Genus Goodyera (Orchidaceae) Based on DNA Sequence Data from Nuclear and Plastid Regions. PLoS ONE 11 (2): e0150366. 
This has special importance as it is 50th article on my CV. The article can be downloaded for free from the link:
Hope you will find it interesting.

Certainly a big-2 half century!!!

very important milestone for you and a nice (for lack of any thing better) paper

tell me in the distribution map section A and D both have this white patch of nothing … may be Tibetan plateau may be…

or why is it blank when Goodyera are surrounding that region?

any insights?

Quote” and a nice (for lack of any thing better) paper” end quote.

this sentence looks and sounds weird. i meant this late at nite i could not think of a better word. that’s all. its a lot of work..

and to get it in PLOS after the stringent reviews is and achievement.

Good question: Most part of that Tibetan plateau is a desert hence no Goodyera there.

does that patch of white correspond to the plateau? corresponding to a real map with longitudes and latitudes?

It corresponds with the desert. I dont know the expanse of Tibetan Plateau (because outside India it is part of China no idea where it starts and where it ends).

In fact the desert is a depression and not very high elevation. Must be dried lake. Seems it is not really on the plateau but on the other side of plateau.

The desert is called Takla Makan (meaning abandoned place) … strange name.

yes many years ago a honorary counsel of mongolia had shown us.  a short film about it and i thought it looked like a desert and ran right into the tibetan plateau , parts of which also looked devoid of trees etc … And ha ha … Takla … in gujarati means Bald… as in a bald headed person… bald land piece … may be its in one of the few dialects of mongolia??
Regardless your paper is very detailed, serious graduate students would find it very informative and useful.  Congratulations again.
ps in the same vein… does this mean …. there are no orchids of any type in Rajasthan and Kutchh and parts of the very rocky fry areas around the chambal river?// I wonder.

For Kutchh I cant say because the water there is saline. In Rajasthan ofcourse there are orchids. There are very few orchids which grow in desert but not found in India.

Takala is urdu word which also means left over or abandoned. But yes Bald fits well. That area was ruled by Turkish for some time too.
From wikipedia: The name may be an Areeb Uyghur borrowing of the Arabic tark, “to leave alone/out/behind, relinquish, abandon” + makan, “place”. Another plausible explanation suggests it is derived from Turki taqlar makan, describing “the place of ruins”.
By the way you had an interesting question, if the orchids were found there or not? The answer is may be because no one went there to search as it is not supposed to be easy to explore, there is scarcity of water and other resources. I just had a look on google earth, Chinese have apparently constructed road through the desert as well as on all sides and there are some streams in the desert….. could harbour something interesting. Atleast Goodyera procera.

Yes have seen it, you had sent it to me a few months ago and we talked of the tibetan/dryland/upland plateau etc. partly read it (what i could decipher quickly) and  the detailed consensus trees  need some reading for a non-botanist so is waiting. Good luck with your pursuits



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