Four species of Tapeinochilos have been described from material collected in Wallacea. We designate the lectotype of the genus, T. pungens, which was synonymized with T. ananassae in 1917 and add here T. teysmannianus as another synonym. The type of T. koordersianus from Sulawesi has been rediscovered at Herbarium Bogoriense and is identified as Etlingera heliconiifolia (Zingiberaceae), the combination of which is published here. After establishing that T. koordersianus applies to a species of Etlingera, there is no evidence that any species of Tapeinochilos occurs in the island of Sulawesi; the westernmost presence of the genus being in the Sula Islands represented by T. ananassae, the only species thus presently occurring in Wallacea.

Biogeography, Cheilocostus, Etlingera, gingers, Malesia, Ridley, typification
Blumea: Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants

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Poulsen, A.D, Gideon, O.G, & Ardiyani, M. (2010). Names of Tapeinochilos (Costaceae) in Wallacea. Blumea: Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants, 55(1), 61–64.