Unexpected name change in Muscari

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:50:28 PST
The plant I grow as Muscari muscarimi is quite different from that I 
have grown (from Archibalds' seeds) as M. racemosum. I can't see how 
they could be conspecific: for one thing, M. muscarimi makes a few 
large offsets, and M. racemosum makes more (though not as many as, 
say, M. azureum) and smaller offsets. The former is brownish-cream to 
white, and the latter is deep indigo-blue.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

At 03:48 PM 11/17/2011, you wrote:
>I was checking the Kew list yesterday to be sure I had some names 
>right. I was curious to see what the Muscari which in the past has 
>been called moschatum, muscarimi, ambrosiacum and probably other 
>names is currently called. There was a big surprise here: evidently 
>it's now Muscari recemosum.
>Does anyone know if this means that the plant we have long known as 
>Muscari racemosum has a new name also? Or are "old" Muscari 
>racemosum and the musk hyacinth now being treated as conspecific?
>Jim McKenney

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