Re: What is a Species (was Re: Iris setosa)
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- Subject: Re: What is a Species (was Re: Iris setosa)
- From: ECPep <ECPep@aol.com>
- Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 20:34:07 -0700 (MST)
In a message dated 97-12-18 17:56:53 EST, you write:
<< What are the criteria that plant taxonomists use to determine what is a
species? There seems to be a major grey area in certain wild populations in
determining what are species and what are naturally occuring hybrids. I
guess that's what makes taxonomy fun.
New York, USDA zon >>
I don't know beans about taxonomy but I think a species is determined by
measuring the pollen. Then there is some further theory that a plant with
plentiful viable pollen can sustain itself as opposed to a plant that cannot
produce seed easily.
Someone may comment further here. I recall reading an article on this subject
and there are definite measurements of pollen in relation to the establishing
of what is a hybrid.
East Nassau, NY
zone 4 - Berkshire area (where there is no pollen around now)