Callitropsis nootkatensis (D. Don) Oersted, 1864
One plant, four names… If one turns to page 584 in Conifers Around the World
, there will be a citation slightly different from the one above; in the book we gave it as (D. Don) Oersted ex D. P. Little, 2006. Remarkably, just after a few weeks the C.A.W. came out, Didier Maerki and Michael Frankis reported on a previously overlooked publication in which the noted Danish authority, Anders Sandoe Örsted explicitly used (and validly published) Callitropsis nootkatensis
. We, the authors of C.A.W. maintain that after several name changes (from Cupressus
and finally Xanthocyparis
) the proper generic name of the Nootka cypress is Callitropsis
. Örsted had a good point and has to be credited properly; of course if C.A.W. needs to be re-printed this small but important correction in the citation will have to be made. The Örsted portrait here also reproduced is a courtesy of the Library of the University of Copenhagen. – I.R.