Australian National Botanic Gardens
I have checked Kosmyn's collector's books and only 2 spellings were ever
used - Czornij and Chorney, and these are the only 2 which appear in our
As you might expect it is mostly the earlier names that are entered in the
database here as Czornij - the highest number seems to be about 1185. The
spelling Chorney goes up to about 1500 in numbers (apart from one in the
7000's, but that is a survey number and not a collector's number) but it
also crops up in a number of lower-numbered collections, possibly indicating
that like the rest of us there were delays in getting labels typed up and
the spelling he had adopted by then was used in preference to what might
have appeared on the tag enclosed with the original specimen.
Kosmyn's handwriting was not easy to read and so some of these alternative
spellings may have arisen from misinterpretations of it or possibly just in
the early anglicising of his name.
Hope this helps.
Robyn Barker, Adelaide 18/12/2003