The "real' stoloniferous T. clusiana

Jim McKenney
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:27:52 PDT
I can't disagree with your statements about the contents of the Kew monograph (which I have yet to see), but that's not what's at issue here.
Shouldn't we be asking why the authors of the Kew monograph are calling a pentaploid plant which reproduces as far as is known only by vegetative reproduction a species? Species reproduce sexually: their shared gene pool (acquired through sexual reproduction) is what makes them a species.
This "pentaploid species" is a clone, and in that respect no more deserving of a distinct botanical name than any of the familiar garden tulips. 
Jim McKenney

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