Family classification

gentiaan bulborum
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:39:55 PDT
Yes Nhu

partly you are right
but if you sell Hippeastrum you are getting mad I also sell Amaryllis belladonna
After every day telling dozens of customers if they mean Hippeastrum
or Amaryllis and in the mean time you are wasting time your college is selling
The same you can say from Pelargonium versus Geranium
Dendranthema versus Chrysanthemum and so on and so on
Here is a job for all those garden magazines all around the world
who constant are using popular and old names
Of course I am happy with correct Latin names but sometimes
I think why change a name if anybody knows it under a other name
what means THE FIRST BOTANIST WAS WRONG Take some more time to do
the job good or don't change it
The same for all those botanic gardens sending wrong labelled seeds
all around the world
for example for a botanic garden in Holland I got over 500 packets of Allium sp.
over 9 out of 10 from all beautiful names where Allium cyathophorum var. farreri
if you are not sure of a name don't collect it or send it under a
collection number
I grow over 1000 species and are desperate looking for reviews
of bulbous plants very difficult to find


2010/4/28 Nhu Nguyen <>:
> Hi,
> I share Jane's annoyance with gardeners who have knee-jerking reactions to
> name changes. These changes are made to reflect the latest evidence we have
> regarding the evolutionary biology of organisms. Being able to sequence the
> genetic material of all living organisms provided us with a powerful new way
> to classify them. It is a revolution in science, and with any revolution
> there are major disruptions that cannot be avoided. Furthermore, these
> changes are made solely on scientific merits and should not be influenced by
> economics. With that said, there is a little bit of wiggle room for how
> those changes are made and it is up to the researcher to decide what
> directions to take. New names are intrinsically linked to old names so
> technically one can look it up in a database somewhere and still be talking
> about the same organism despite usage of different names.
> >From the seller's point of view, it is understandable to use a name that is
> best selling. However, it does not take up that much more room to at least
> include the latest synonym in a catalog. This way it is inclusive to
> everyone who is interested in that plant. I have on several occasions bought
> plants that was labeled with an older name and only to find out that I
> already have that plant at home under a newer name.
> Nhu
> Berkeley, CA
> --
> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM, gentiaan bulborum <>wrote:
>> let them think first 10 times before they change a name
>> Smilacina with a lot of species in Maianthemum with just a few species
>> Just because his name is mentioned many times
>> I know the rules but sometimes ????
>> Roland
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