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Re: CarexEvergold

Oh, and just to make this story a little more interesting...
Some guy thought he'd make a bundle selling a Carex oshimensis to which he
had exclusive rights.  Nobody else had his Carex.  It's name was Carex
oshimensis 'Honeybird'.  Another nursery, in another part of the country
bought some 'Honeybird', but it just wasn't selling well. He thought
Honeybird looked a lot like Evergold, but seemed brighter.  Deciding to
capitalize on the Evergold name, he named his selection 'Everbrite' and it
sold better.  Years down the road it was discovered they were all the same

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 9:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] CarexEvergold

> Ceres,
> I suspect this is a retorical question, but...
> Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' is the correct name.
> Just for the sake of discussion, assume each species name is a
> of a person's name, it would seem that Oshi found this species of Carex
> turned it in for filing and it was named.  Later Morrow came back from his
> travels with the brand new Carex he discovered and pressed for filing of
> this grand new plant.  Oshi's discovery never really took off and it had
> languished or the guy accepting the filings needed a new prescription for
> his glasses and so was unable to tell that Morrow's plant was identical to
> Oshi's.  The horticultural world was still not really worshipping the
> Carex just yet, so it was propagated in only the most obscure home gardens
> by Carex afficianados.   Along comes this guy with a name no one can
> pronounce who has been wandering Japan for a couple of decades and is
> totally out of touch with any recent findings.  He finds a new Carex that
> believes no one in Europe has ever catalogued before, so he sends it in
> recognition.  His timing is perfect, Carex is all the rage now and a
> wholesaler begins propagating it and spreading it all over the globe.  A
> particular cultivar is selected as the premier plant of the species, wins
> Award of Garden Merit, and now nurseries everywhere are carrying Carex
> hachijoensis 'Evergold'.  Along the way some Carex afficianado notices
> similarities of this plant to Carex morrowii.  Questions are raised,
> are studied, papers are written and the name comes under extreme scrutiny
> and review.  The Powers That Be declare, "Ooops, same plant", and
> that Joe was just a Hack and Morrow saw it first, according to all the
> copious notes taken over time. "Hence forth, this plant shall be labeled
> Carex morrowii 'Evergold' ".  Well, some people just didn't agree, they
> liked the funny name, it was a good tongue twister, always good for a
> So Jo's name lived on right alongside Morrow's.  Years later, some intern
> pouring over dusty old books and finds Oshi's diaries and reference to his
> filing of Carex oshimensis.  It looks remarkably like Carex hachijoensis
> never did like Morrow).  He brings this to everyone's attention by writing
> his thesis on Oshi's discoveries.  Stirs up controversy in that Carex
> afficianado realm.  Eventually, the PTB bring the subject to the table and
> say "This one again?".  They look over all the documents and agree that,
> yup, Oshi saw it first.  . "Hence forth, this plant shall be labeled Carex
> oshimensis 'Evergold' ".  Well, some people just didn't agree, they still
> liked the funny name, hachijoensis.  "Nah, we're stickin' with old Jo,
> here."  And so, though Morrow was left in the dust, Joe the Hack and his
> twin Oshi proceeded on for years.  One day a grower in Iowa decided he
> really liked that Carex hachjoensis 'Evergold', brought it in and started
> distributing it.  It sold so well that he decided to take advantage of a
> great quantity discount offered by his label maker and ordered a 5 year
> supply.  Along about the fourth year he discovers he's been using the
> name.  Somewhere along the line, people had had enough of Jo the imposter
> and openly embraced the "correct"name.  After all, Oshi did see it first
> didn't he?  He should be recognized for that.  Well, the Iowa distributor
> was a thrifty sort and wasn't about to just throw out perfectly good
> so he kept using them, but when he ordered the next batch, he ordered the
> name Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'.  But he only ordered a 2 yr supply.  You
> never know if Morrow might make a come-back someday.
> Kitty
> neIN, Z5
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 6:34 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] CarexEvergold
> > Why does any plant have a synonym?  I am chkg on Cares 'Evergold' listed
> as
> > Carex oshimensis, morrowii and c. hachijoensis.   We were planting this
> the
> > greenhouse today and some of the plants were labeled oshimensis & othrs
> > hachijoensis and from the same wholesaler.
> >     Ceres
> >
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