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RE: classification of crested irises, was Bearded-beardless cross

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: RE: classification of crested irises, was Bearded-beardless cross
  • From: "Mark, Maureen" <Mark.Maureen@fin.gc.ca>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 09:58:48 -0700 (MST)

Your suggestion makes sense if cross-fertility is a major consideration in
classification. But it seems to me that other factors outweigh
cross-fertility in botanical classifications.  But then again, plants seem
to get reclassified rather frequently which suggests that the rules are
constantly changing.

What would the new groups be called?  We couldn't use pogon and apogon
anymore.  Maybe it's easier to leave it as is.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Bill Shear [SMTP:BILLS@hsc.edu]
> Sent:	Monday, February 23, 1998 11:20 AM
> To:	Multiple recipients of list
> Subject:	Bearded-beardless crosses
> There are bearded-crested hybrids, but also so far as I know, no
> crested-beardless hybrids.
> Given this information it seems that the subgeneric classification of the
> genus Iris should be revised.  Crested irises should no longer be grouped
> with beardless irises, but either with bearded ones or in a separate
> subgenus.
> What do you think?
> Bill Shear
> Department of Biology
> Hampden-Sydney College
> Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
> (804)223-6172
> FAX (804)223-6374
> email<bills@hsc.edu>

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