Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Dryas octopetala L. Preferred
Dryas octopetala ssp. octopetala L. Other, see comments
Dryas octopetala ssp. octopetala var. octopetala L.
Dryas octopetala var. octopetala L.

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Dryas octopetala L. Preferred
Dryadaea octopetala (L.) Kuntze Synonym
Dryas alpina Salisb., nom. illegit.
Dryas babingtoniana A.E. Porsild
Dryas chamaedrifolia (Crantz) Gray
Dryas chamaedryoides Pall.
Dryas depressa (Bab.) Bab.
Dryas eriopoda Gand.
Dryas henricae auct.
Dryas incisa auct.
Dryas lanata Stein ex Correvon
Dryas lepida Gand.
Dryas montana Bubani, nom. illegit.
Dryas octopetala f. hirsuta Hartz
Dryas octopetala subsp. chamaedryfolia (Crantz) Gams
Dryas octopetala var. viscida Hult‚n
Dryas octopetala subsp. punctata (Juz.) Hult‚n
Dryas octopetala subsp. subincisa Jurtzev
Dryas octopetala var. minor Hook.
Dryas octopetala var. pilosa Bab.
Dryas octopetala var. typica Beck
Dryas pentaphyllaea Hill
Dryas punctata Juz.
Dryas punctata subsp. punctata
Dryas punctata var. cinerea Jurtzev
Dryas subincisa (Jurtzev) Tzvelev
Dryas subincisa var. minor (Hook.) Tzvelev
Dryas vagans Juz.
Geum chamaedrifolium Crantz
Geum octopetalum (L.) E.H.L.Krause
Ptilotum octopetalum (L.) Dulac

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Dryas octopetala Preferred
Dryas octopetala L. Authority

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