For those who don't have the pleasure of having the book at hand, the caption beneath the photo reads, "Erythronium revolutum with mottled leaves, E dens- canis with spotted leaves". The photo shows both mottled and spotted leaves very clearly. Molly's erythronium chapter carefully differentiates between the two species. By the way, Molly was still very much alive when the book was written. I still miss her very much; she was a wonderful inspiration and a mentor to many of us. There is no sure cure for folks who would so superficially use photos to id plants. A work that would "dumb-down" to completely address that approach would be tedious reading indeed. When two species are similar, it is helpful to detail diagnostic features. Cheers, Louise Corvallis, Oregon cool mediterranean climate, rich alluvial soil, and lots of erythroniums :-) On 16 Mar 2004 at 19:20, Rodger Whitlock wrote: > Double-barreled message to alpine-l and pbs list. > > Plate 55 in "Bulbs of North America" purports to show a specimen of > Erythronium revolutum with mottled leaves. Indeed, there are flowers > that look like E. revolutum in the middle background, and leaves > with prominent mottling in the foreground ALPENBANNER: 1. When you reply, erase THIS banner & PLEASE include SHORT relevant quotes from this message to provide context for your own audience (DO delete LONG non-essential parts). TELL where you garden, ALL unabbreviated: your COUNTRY (USA, England, Scotland, Wales, etc. [NOT UK]), your CITY (or county), POLITICAL DIVISION, & CLIMATE (NOT weather). EMPATHIZE (we're an INTERNATIONAL list)! Never let the words "Alpine-L Digest" appear in any subject header, PLEASE! Thanks. 2. At http://listserv.surfnet.nl/archives/alpine-l.html join, leave, edit your replies, view/search our archives, post new messages, find anyone's address, go to/from 'DIGEST" or NOMAIL/MAIL (DON'T unsubscribe), view our posting policies re images/pictures, viruses, offtopics, acronyms, cross-posts, test messages, etc.