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Re: Info on Epipremnum spp.

  • Subject: Re: Info on Epipremnum spp.
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@worldonline.nl>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 14:12:15 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Geoff,

Thanks for the support. I agree that there is an element of "upbringing"
involved and that must indeed be done by the growers themselves or the
retailers etc. But then again, THEY have to be notified as well. That's
where publcations in non-scientific journals are for, as well as databases
like Plantscope and others (e.g. the GRIN database on major agricultural
crops, etc.). It is said we live in an information era but that means people
will have to look up that information as well and not sit back and wait for
it to fly by (which it usually won't) and when it does, start bitching that
it doesn't suit them. If it doesn't suit, ignore it but don't be surprised
when the world around you changes nonetheless. We are no longer talking in
Latin sentences anymore when we want to pinpoint a particular plant species
but we have adapted to using the Linnean system of binomial naming. Linnaeus
was one of those "perverted" taxonomists in the eyes of some of us.


----- Original Message -----
From: <GeoffAroid@aol.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: zaterdag 7 juli 2001 16:35
Subject: Re: Info on Epipremnum spp.

> Wilbert,
> thanks for the info on Plantscape and for the very clear and amusing
> of botanical taxonomists. In my experience the general public are not that
> on common names for aroids anyway and will accept pretty much anything the
> growers present them with. If the growers could be pursuaded to change I
> think the public would either notice or get very agitated, especially if
> synonyms were given in plant catalogues etc. It is ridiculous when really
> ancient names are continually dredged up when a much more suitable and
> used name is available. Arum cornutum is probably the best (or worst....)
> example, I still see that regularly labelled as such in markets.
> Best wishes,
> Geoffrey Kibby
> LOndon

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