[Trillium-l] Trillium rivale S. Watson
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Tue Jan 25 17:54:20 CET 2011
Russ, Congratulations on some excellent archival searching!
All the discussion I've seen on the list in the last couple of weeks reminds
me of the "system" of naming plants when new discoveries in asia and the
Americas was entering Europe. It was a rather incesteous matter of naming
after friends and "honoring" patrons. In the case of the "delNorte"
trillium it appears that Halda was trying to give a high complement to his
friends. His publication of the name without any apparent archival or
laboratory research to support it was a failure of the peer review system of
scientific publication. In view of the information and documentation that
you have found, I think that the Kew Index should reduce the confidence
level of this published name to zero. It may exist as a horticultural
form/variety/selection, but certainly not as a species or subspecies.
If anyone is interested in the origin of some botanical names I strongly
suggest reading "Species of Eternity"
John Gyer Clarksboro NJ USA
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Subject: [Trillium-l] Trillium rivale S. Watson
> I guess after all the Kew lIst stuff and Adolf's great input about the
> digital Index Kewensis, etc., perhaps I should not be surprised, BUT I AM!
> Here is the "original" rivale, digitally, and there is some pretty amazing
> leaf size variation, in my opinion.
> A bit amazed,
> Russell Graham, Purveyor of Plants, Salem, OR, Zone 8 (7)
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