Thank you very much Vijayasankar ji; your analysis is convincing, and
etymology should be so. I too was thinking that *robusto* could be a
descriptive prefix, when I saw few instances of the hyphenated epithet, as
in Herbarium JCB
IISc, ... but did not know of another species *E, brownianum*. Thank you
On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 9:57 PM, Vijayasankar Raman <
> Dinesh ji,
> I was able to trace back to the original publication by Engler in 1903
> (see attached). Although there is no direct mention of etymology of the
> specific epithet in the protologue, we can infer something. First of all,
> the specific epithet is originally hyphenated (*robusto-Brownianum*).
> And, there is another species called *Eriocaulon brownianum* (the first
> letter of specific names derived from name of a person or place was usually
> capitalized in the past). I assume that this plant, *E.
> robusto-brownianum*, is morphologically somewhat similar to *E.
> brownianum* but comparatively more ''robust'' in its habit, i.e. the
> peduncles could be more in number and/or stouter than those of *E.
> brownianum*. This is just a hypothesis, though!
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM, Dinesh Valke <dinesh.va...@gmail.com>
>> Dear friends,
>> I could not find any clue to what the epithet *robustobrownianum* in
>> context of *Eriocaulon robustobrownianum* Ruhland stands for.
>> Hopefully someone helps with the etymology.
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