Caucasian snowdrop seeds

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:52:22 PST
Dear Jane and All,
My source is from the snowdrop monograph (Matt Bishop et al), published by Griffin Press and the study (2003) provided by Dr Zonnenveld.
I know that some taxonomists still consider caucasicus a good species. But I am not sure if any material of athenticated caucasian origin has been part of these studies.
I have had a reply from Mr Ponce-Bonano and he includes G. woronowii for sources of Galantamine alkaloid.
I am a bit worried to be part of a self-medication scheme like this.


> Message du 22/02/14 05:28
> De : "Jane McGary" 
> Objet : Re: [pbs] Caucasian snowdrop seeds
" I was following the discussion in "The Genus Galanthus" by Aaron P. 
> Davis (Timber Press, 1999). I didn't know there had been a revision 
> since that publication, sorry. On p. 146 of that book,
> Davis notes "the larger forms of G. elwesii (often sold as G. 
> caucasicus), which make very good garden plants." Davis reports the 
> publication of G. elwesii Hook. f. var. monostictus by P. D. Sell and 
> F. Murrell in 1996. It appears from his abbreviated list that the 
> name G. caucasicus was applied to garden plants of G. elwesii in 
> Stern's classic "Snowdrops and Snowflakes."
> Davis's discussion of his placement of G. caucasicus (Baker) Grossh. 
> [non Stern] appears on pp. 116-117. It is complex, but it explains 
> just how he decided that "The name Galanthus alpinus should now be 
> used to represent the glaucous-leaved snowdrop of the Caucasus."
> Mark, could you please give us the citation for the taxonomy you 
> mentioned? Thanks!
> Incidentally, the inquiry to the website that started this discussion 
> was from someone who wants to extract a reportedly medicinal compound 
> from Galanthus, not from a gardener."
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