[Aroid-l] Anthurium regale and the Issue of Botanical Specimens
- Subject: [Aroid-l] Anthurium regale and the Issue of Botanical Specimens
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 08:58:26 -0500
Have you folks been following Steve
Lucas's developing story about the Anthurium regale bloom? The point that
interests me here the most is the morphological and color changes that
this inflorescence has displayed over the LONG bloom process.
What happens if a scientifically-minded
collector happens upon such a plant in the early stages of bloom? Let's
assume she secures a specimen and describes it with perfect accuracy. Later,
another collector makes a hike into the same area, finds an exact clone
of the first specimen in bloom, but at a maturation date six weeks later
than was available to the first collector, when the inflorescence is a
completely different color and when all the little "naughty bits"
How does the taxonomist know that the
two plants are the same?
It seems to this untrained observer
that only a painstaking record such as that on Steve's site would be adequate
to describe a species and avoid the ambiguity.
Here is the address in case you have
not seen it yet:
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