Sinking Brunsvigia

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 19:40:02 PST
Leo, Jim-- I've also felt it would be sensible to at least consider this
merger. They are separated by seemingly non-profound details of the seeds
and the leaves with midrib (Amaryllis) or without (Brunsvigia), whereas the
traits in common are overwhelming. Is morphological homogeneity important in
defining genera? How important?
The same applies to the seemingly artificial distinction of Hessea from
Strumaria, based on somewhat variable character states. Carpolyza has
already been lumped under the latter. I suppose the taxonomists are happy to
rely more on molecular data when the going gets tough regarding when to
split and when to lump.

On Dec 12, 2007 1:23 PM, Leo A. Martin <> wrote:

> > One other way to get more species: given the easy "hybridization" of
> > Amaryllis and Brunsvigia, I've long been waiting for someone to combine
> > those genera: the plants have already done it, now it's time for the
> > taxonomists to catch up.
> >
> > Jim McKenney
> That would be great! Amaryllis (1753) is so much easier to grow than
> Brunsvigia (1755)!
> Leo Martin
> Phoenix Arizona USA
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