[Trillium-l] Sulcatum Diversity

J.E. Shields jshields at indy.net
Fri May 13 14:44:42 CEST 2011

Hi all,

I've never seen sulcatum in the wild, and we only had one single individual 
plant tested for weight of DNA in the nucleus.  The plant was collected in 
eastern Tennessee by Richard Vagner.  That one data point puts its nuclear 
DNA significantly above that for erectum, rugelii, vaseyi, catesbaei, and 
simile.  This is unfortunately not visible to the naked eye, but it could 
be one hard data point for future taxonomic work.  More data is definitely 

The genetic diversity of a species is not all contained within each and 
every individual colony or population.  This colony with the abundance of 
genes for white and yellow flowers could be on its way to diverging into a 
new species somewhere in the next several thousand years, just through 
genetic drift.

On the other hand, there probably won't be any "wild" anything left 
anywhere on the planet in a thousand years from now.

Jim Shields

At 09:43 AM 5/13/2011 +1000, you wrote:
>Hello Harold,
>Thanks for the picks! And interesting to see the diversity. I have a 
>yellow sulcatum that flowered for me for the first time; this was a creamy 
>yellow with red speckles.
>So what makes T sulcatum so different botanically to the other 
>pedicellates other than the petals being sulcate (boat shape). Can this be 
>seen to the naked eye?
>Stephen Vella
>Australia z 8

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