Name: Xylaria liquidambaris
Author: J.D. Rogers, Y.M. Ju & F. San Martín
Citation: Rogers, San Martín & Ju, Sydowia 54(1): 92 (2002)
Preferred Synonyms:Xylaria liquidambar J.D. Rogers, Y.M. Ju & F. San Martin
Published correctly as Xylaria liquidambar.
See “Mushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians”:
“Index Fungorum, Species Fungorum, and Mycobank emended the original spelling of the specific epithet published by Rogers and his colleagues from “liquidambar” to “liquidambaris,” and this has been followed by most subsequent workers. However, Rogers et al. (2002, 2008a, 2008b) have consistently spelled the name as Xylaria liquidambar in their original description and throughout all their subsequent discusions of this taxon. This is clearly the spelling intended and maintained by them from the outset. In a response to our query, Dr. Jack D Rogers agreed with our interpretation (personal communication, June 19, 2013) and noted, “As for Xylaria liquidambar I stick with the epithet as an unabashed ‘noun in apposition.’ Many nomenclature gurus wish to put adjectival endings on all nouns, but as far as I can discover nouns in apposition are legal. We preferred ‘liquidambar’ because this fungus specifically and solely is found on sweet gum fruits. This leads one directly to a host . . . .” "