Hi Marvin, All,
You asked for other species lists. They are printed in my book under taxonomy and under history. There is a list of sorts in Ben's paper, not yet been verified. Most of the species extant are NOT available in commerce so Graves will have a hard time getting them. The few schools that have some wild collected hosta will not realease them because they are study material. There will NEVER be a definitive list because taxonomy is forever changing. Just read the history chapter in my book. There is hope, though, people are working on this with modern methods and there will be a list one day which all can at least live with. Patience!
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Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 2:46 PM
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: species
In a message dated 2/20/02 1:58:57 PM, email@example.com writes:
I am a volunteer at the Toledo Botanical Gardens. we have an hosta area
for species. Can anyone tell me
how many species of hosta exist?? We are trying to get as complete a
collection as possible; however I
think we already have some listed as species that are not. Thanks for the
Please let me be the first to request a copy of your list of Species when
you have it compiled. I do not have the mental capacity to wade through that
mess. I see in todays e-mail where Zonneveld says there are 23 good hostas.
HUMMMN. In the Hosta Library there is a list of 40 compiled by Clyde
Crockett. Following it is a "This is a list of all species and authors"
submitted by Zonneveld. From here, let us go to page 19 and 20 0f the Hosta
Handbook where we have a list of 39 hosta species by Maekawa. On page 21and
22 we find 43 species by W. George Schmid. Which is followed by 16 botanical
varieties or forms? This is followed by 31 species that were reduced to
cultivars. Surely there must be other lists somewhere.
I to, at times, become quite listless. During one on those moments I sorted
out three lists: They are 81 Registered Species, 19 Specie unregistered. and
51 Specie mutations. The list needs to be shook up again and see where each
one might be classified. I have put the job of sorting out the 'Good Species'
The 'Bad Species' etc. on the back burner. Now is the time for those experts
on this subject to step forward and give us their list of species. Come on
now, let us all shine a little light on the subject.
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