chen-yi nursery-- off topic

Sat, 08 Jun 2013 20:50:00 PDT

When talking about the Fritillaria species which are cultivated as chinese herb medicine.
It still composed by several species even in the national standards.



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> 寄件者: Jane McGary <>
> 收件者: Pacific Bulb Society <>
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> 寄件日期: 2013/5/25 (週六) 7:54 AM
> 主旨: Re: [pbs] chen-yi nursery
> Although a number of interesting plants have entered cultivation in 
> North America and elsewhere via Chen Yi's nursery, it is widely 
> thought that some of the material is collected in the wild. I have 
> heard people justify this with the argument that so many plants are 
> endangered by wild collecting for Chinese herbalism that taking a few 
> for horticulture is relatively benign. That doesn't seem like a valid 
> argument to me.
> Moreover, most people who have received plants originating with Chen 
> Yi have found that many of them are misidentified, and that the same 
> species can be sent under several different names. The only ones I 
> ever bought were Fritillaria species obtained through a middleman in 
> the UK, and they were almost all misnamed, though I did end up with 
> viable bulbs of two species (not the five I paid for, and not with 
> the names they came under).
> Jim McClements wrote an article on his Chen Yi acquisitions (he 
> specializes in woodland plants) and titled it "The Chinese Grab Bag." 
> He acknowledged, however, that a couple of items from the grab bag 
> were extremely good!
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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