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Re: renaming plants

In a message dated 2/7/03 11:13:55 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:

> really Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'. This particular example is a
> combination problem of a taxonomy change and a marketing change.

Here is another taxonomy change coming if our catalogs and nurseries will 
accept it.  The common and pretty container plant, Coleus blumei, is 
taxonomically correct as 
Solenostemon scutellaroides.  Perhaps a rebellion will stop this, Coleus is 
so integrated into the gardening world.  Sometime ago the Chrysanthemum tribe 
was split into several other genera with Chrysanthemum disappearing.  Now it 
is back where it was or approximately so.

The cultivar names are another nightmare encouraging plant patents, another 
whole can of worms.   The era of the gentlemen's agreement seems to be over.  
The head only holds so much information with DNA analysis threatening to 
upset everything we think we know.  Plant keys using fruit and flower to ID 
species may leave horticulture and an entire new system will be learned. Now 
there is a headache.

Claire Peplowski
NYS z4

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