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Hosta Taxonomy

  • Subject: Hosta Taxonomy
  • From: "Mortko, Robert A. (Rob)" <MortkoRA@bv.com>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 09:20:07 -0600

Good morning everyone,

Any hosta botany specialists out there?

W. George Schmid mentions in his book that a B. Matthew proposed that the
species Hosta be moved out of the Liliaceae family and into its own family
named Hostaceae.  That proposal was made back in 1988.  Mark Zillis also
refers to this "proposal" in his more recent book.

My question- has this ever been resolved?  14 years after the proposal was
made is it now effectively dead?  Are hosta still classified as members of
the Liliaceae family?

Rob in KC (the new guy on the block)
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