"Sarcococca longipetiolata" was not validly published by Cheng (1979) because two gatherings were simultaneously indicated as type, the flowering material using Latin and Chinese and the fruiting material using Chinese alone (contrary to the requirements of Art. 40). "Sarcococca longipetiolata M.Cheng" was not validly published by Li (2009) because the type indicated was a lectotype in conflict with Art. 40.6 (and not correctable; Art. 9.9 Note 6). The name Sarcococca longipetiolata is validated here by indicating a single gathering as the holotype. Given the requirements of Art. 40 of the ICN, researchers and editors need to make sure that type indications made in Latin and a modern language refer to the same gathering.