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Re: Differences between species

  • Subject: Re: Differences between species
  • From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 19:59:09 -0500

Hi Reggie,
        The first question can best be answered this way. Studying the results of DNA testing should let us identify differences between the species far better than any other method can. At this point it is still fairly expensive to do this, but in the next decade or so, we may start seeing this done.
         Until then we have to rely on observation. Hybrids which include plantagenia in their background usually show some strong plantagenia traits. Fragrance, larger flowers/pods/seeds, glossy wax above and below, larger leaves with fewer veins, etc.
         The actual number of species is a frequent source of debate. DNA testing hopefully will resolve this.
                                                                                          ..........Bill Meyer
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2001 8:42 AM
Subject: Differences between species

How can we determine the differences between all the different species?
How can we tell: this hostas has some caracteristics of plantaginea for example?
How many different species are there in genus Hosta?
Reggie D. Millette

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