Wiki Changes

Mary Sue Ittner
Sun, 21 Aug 2005 08:20:56 PDT
Dear All,

I think we have at last figured out a good way on the wiki to deal with 
complicated wiki genus pages and plants that have their names changed and 
are still known by the old name as well as the new name. Susan, Jay, and I 
redid the Allium pages to add alphabetical listings that cross reference 
Mark McDonough's Allium subpages (Big Ball Alliums, Chives, Blue Alliums, 
etc.) for each species described on another page. Since Jay figured out how 
to do anchors, by clicking on the reference you are directed to the text 
for that species and the pictures and don't have to search the whole page 
to find them. We can do the same for plants that have changed names. 
Obviously this won't happen all at once as it all takes time.

Take a look at the Allium pages to see the changes.…

I also redid the Moraea page to cross reference the species that were 
formerly Homeria, Galaxia, Gynandriris. Dell may have a milestone with 100 
BXs, but this was the 99th change to the Moraea page so one more change and 
it will have been changed 100 times. While I was making all those changes I 
added pictures of Eastern Cape Moraeas from Cameron McMaster's CD. Many of 
these are large species and from colder areas and summer rainfall so I 
suspect they would be hardier and more difficult for those of us to grow 
with dry summers, but easier for some of the rest of you. Pictures added of 
Moraea brevistyla, M. elliotii, M. graminicola, M. muddii, M. reticulata, 
M. spathulata, and M. unguiculata. Our wiki is becoming quite a reference 
for this genus, but there are so many species that there are many we don't 
have described.

Cameron and Rhoda also just came across some plants of M. elegans so I 
added their pictures of this species in the wild too. From Cameron:
On 13 August 2005 we came across a population of the very rare and 
localised Moraea elegans.  We found these in the Napier district on a 
gentle slope below a drain from nearby arable fields and road.  The 
population consisted of a large number of vigourous plants in all stages, 
but was confined to a small area  (30 x 40m) which benefitted from the 
runoff from the drainage channel.  The habitat was therefore seasonably 
moister than the surrounding renosterveld and would possibly have received 
more nutrients leached from the arable fields above it.  It was interesting 
to observe the variations in colour from green through orange to brown 

Mary Sue

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