: Re : Verifying Zephyranthes names

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 16:39:11 PST
Thanks to Deborah for her information. One problem an editor runs 
into is exemplified in her comments: People in a certain region 
(state, province) often prefer a name that appears in a local flora 
but is not accepted in the wider literature. This is particularly 
devilish when we turn to the Rocky Mountain area, but I think they're 
sorting it out now.

As for whether it is Zephyranthes atamasca or atamasco, it is 
apparently controversial and I'm including both spellings in the 
index. I get both versions from writers in the area where it grows.

The IPNI site recommended by Luc comes up quite slowly for me, and 
it's disappointing to wait and wait, and then find out the item 
searched is not on the site. I have discovered some really good 
resources in the process of this fact checking, though, such as 
LegumeWeb, a fast site with great information on the Fabaceae. The 
U.S. government site ITIS also is pretty fast, though a work in 
progress, and efloras.com is often helpful.

Jane McGary

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