RE: [Aroid-l] Supergenic naming.
I do know that in
one of his last books he asked Josef Bogner to check names and Boger
showed this to both Simon Mayo and I so there was some improvement in the
names. The real value of the older version of Exotica 3, which is
so widely read, is that it allows us to communicate about plant even if
the name is unknown. In some cases it really does not matter if we
know the real name. I often hear about such and such a species as
on P. such and such in Exotica 3.
He once came to our place and photographed some stuff, perhaps it was
bamboo, and at that time the names were uncertain; today they are still a
subject of polite argument. But he wrote down the names we had, as the
best names at the time. EXOTICA was my introduction to rare plants, i
lived at the library until i had almost MEMORIZED it. I know the
Sansevieria names are all messed up, but it was an amazement to see that
there were the uncommon ones photographed and published ANYWHERE in those
dark, unenlightened times!
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