Tropaeolum brachyceras

Jim McKenney
Mon, 05 Apr 2010 18:00:16 PDT
David Victor wrote to me privately to point out that although in the old
style of doing things the Tropaeolaceae and Oxalidaceae were placed in the
Geraniales, the new take on things places the Tropaeolaceae in the
Brassicales (the cress order)  and the Oxalidaceae in its own order, the
Oxalidales. Thanks, David, for helping to keep this old-timer up to date.


After thinking this over for a bit, this occurred to me: the more things
change, the more they stay the same. Back in the sixteenth century,
Tropaeolum (nasturtiums)  were known as Indian cress! Could they have known
something back then that we have only just rediscovered? 


Jim McKenney

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