first question can best be answered this way. Studying the results of DNA
testing should let us identify differences between the species far better than
any other method can. At this point it is still fairly expensive to do this, but
in the next decade or so, we may start seeing this done.
Until then we have to rely on observation. Hybrids which include plantagenia in
their background usually show some strong plantagenia traits. Fragrance, larger
flowers/pods/seeds, glossy wax above and below, larger leaves with fewer veins,
The actual number of species is a frequent source of debate. DNA testing
hopefully will resolve this.
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Sent: Monday, December 03, 2001 8:42
Subject: Differences between
How can we determine the differences between all
the different species?
How can we tell: this hostas has some
caracteristics of plantaginea for example?
How many different species are there in genus
Reggie D. Millette