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  [Aroid-l] Re: Colocasia mess
From: "mossytrail" mossytrail at hctc.com> on 2006.09.07 at 06:24:26(14573)
> Dear All,
> I'm fed up with most of the botanists. I'm trying to sell
> my plants under correct names, but... There are 2-4 names
> for plants. Now please decide wich one is correct!

This is because in the early days of Linnaean nomenclature,
many species were known only from preserved or cultivated
specimens. There was no way of knowing which of these
specimens could have interbred, nor of how much variation
the offspring would show, so each different variant had a
separate name. In some cases, different specimens of a
single species were put in three or four different genera --
just try sorting out the synonymy of, for example, the
California fan palm, Washintonia filifera.

> Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris' cf. ? syn. Colocasia
> esculenta 'Illustris'

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