Colchicum questions

Jim McKenney
Tue, 31 May 2005 09:00:13 PDT
Jane used a locution in her reply on Colchicum which raises a question for
She wrote: " my sources all list C. sibthorpii 
as an invalid synonym of C. bivonae"

The question concerns this phrase "invalid synonym". Shouldn't we simply say
"synonym"? Isn't Colcchicum sibthorpii a validly published name? It may not
be the current "correct" name, but it is a validly published name. And
plants can have any number of validly published names, can't they? And
plants can have invalid names, too - that's where "invalid synonym" might
come in handy. 

Or is Jane telling us that the name Colchicum sibthorpii has somehow been

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Antonio de
Bivona-Bernardi's colchicum is esteemed under any name. 

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