From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2014.
Among the many collections of Commelina (Commelinaceae) in the herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (see related article in this issue), was a specimen from northwestern Zambia that clearly represented a new species. Unlike most Commelinaceae collections, this specimen, Milne-Redhead 2824, had a complete base, mature capsules and seeds, useful descriptive notes on the label and a separate spirit collection of the flowers, enabling the entire plant to be described and illustrated (Novon 18(4): 469-479; 2008). The dried and liquid collections were loaned by Kew to the U.S. National Herbarium. The species was named in honor of Kew curator Edgar Milne-Redhead not only because of his excellent collections but also because he inspired other Kew botanists to collect in the same manner.