BX names

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:53:46 PST
Eugene Zielinski's has just posted to the list about something 
misnamed in the BX. Jim Waddick's recently posted trying to find 
information out about a plant that when you search for it on the 
Internet seems mostly just to appear in seed exchange lists. Also 
recently there was also a question about what Angelo was offering 
which he suspected was just that Dell couldn't read his writing and 
guessed what it was. Dell spends a lot of time on the BX and just 
accepts the names that people give him for the seeds and bulbs they 
offer. I don't think we could expect him to check to see if the names 
he lists are accurate, accepted, spelled correctly (I'm not sure 
what  word  to use here since there isn't always agreement about 
names.)  When I look through BX offerings I often see old names or 
names that are not spelled correctly, but have refrained from 
pointing this out. But since our BX offerings are listed on our 
website each time we get to 100 or more and since they are picked up 
in Google searches, we may be contributing to the confusion about 
what to call something when something is offered under a name that is 
misspelled. If it is corrected after the fact, this may be missed in 
a Google Search or when the list of the most recent 100 is compiled. 
I'm not sure how to solve this. I don't know if someone volunteered 
to check the names before Dell sends them out, if this would be an 
extra step that made his very difficult job more work. Perhaps the 
donors could check their names carefully before notifying Dell. We 
try to keep up to date on the wiki  on names and list synonyms if we 
change names we are all familiar with. The Plant List  is a good 
resource for accepted names and synonyms since it uses several data 
bases in deciding what is accepted. Including synonyms would also no 
doubt be helpful.

For instance the accepted name these days is Freesia laxa, but it is 
still often referred to by old names. So a BX listing could be 
Freesia laxa (syn. Anomatheca laxa, Anomatheca cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa)

Mary Sue

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