Erythronium morphology

Jane McGary
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:59:32 PST
I have been asked to write a brief review of Chris Clennett, "The 
Genus Erythronium," a recently published Kew monograph. I was puzzled 
to encounter the phrase "sac-like appendages" applied to the 
structures seen on some western American species. In other literature 
I have seen these called "auricles." Does Clennet's avoidance of the 
word "auricle" mean that it has been misused by previous authors in 
reference to Erythronium?

I hope one or more of our academic botanists can clarify this for me.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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