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Re: Aroid Database?

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Aroid Database?
  • From: "George R Stilwell, Jr." <grsjr@juno.com>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2000 11:37:28 -0600 (CST)


It's not so simple as you suggest. What do you do with synonyms,
varieties, ssp., etc.
For example, how should I enter this into your comma delimited list?

Arisaema latisectum Blume = A. serratum v. serratum or A. tashiroi Blume
(sensu Nakai)

or this

Arisaema aequinoctiale Nakai & F.  Maek. = A. undulatifolium Nakai

A complete list is available for Arisaema and Pinellia, but not in comma
delimited form.
I started to insert the commas, but ran into the problems illustrated
above. When it
became obvious there were too many "exceptions", I quit. 

A more managable list could be made by omitting  all v., f. and ssp. plus
all synonyms.
Doesn't your palm pilot have a "find" function? If it does, you don't
need a database
format. The available list will do.


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