hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

Re: RE: HYB: variegata as a name

It's unfortunate that a most of the earliest names for various Iris color
patterns started out as botanical names, as these all immediately had
double meanings right from the beginning.  For instance plicata, amoena,
neglecta, squalens, variegata were all published as species, and should
never have been also used as coloration/pattern class names.  If any one of
them was the oldest name for the species to which they were applied, they
would also be the name we have to use for that species.  As it is, only
variegata is recognized as the oldest name for a "good" species now, so the
others aren't quite as bad (another good reason to favor "sambucina" for
the proper botanical name for the hybrids of variegata X pallida - as
squalens is used, albeit not much anymore, as a pattern name also).
Imagine if had to use the term "plicata" for the pattern and for the
species I. pallida (for which the name is a botanical/nomenclatural
synonym).  Not many I. pallida are plicatas, but if that was the case not
all I. plicata would be plicatas!

As it is, not all I. variegata are variegatas, but nearly all are.  Some
lack anthocyanin and others are amoenas or apparently even neglectas.  So,
'Reginae' is an amoena I. variegata and 'Amoena' was probably an amoena I.
variegata too.

My mind works a bit differently from whoever used those botanical names for
color patterns, and I would never have done that.  Also, I would never have
classed most amoenas, neglectas, and variegatas as if different patterns.
They would have been different color variants of the same pattern if I'd
have done the organizing.   Maybe better, maybe not.
Oh well        : )


To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement