Houseplants forum: Philodendron hederaceum(syn P. scandens) Taxonomical Question

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Name: Rhamel
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teengardener1888
Sep 26, 2013 11:02 AM CST
Confused Confused Confused Confused Confused I thought the official name was P. scandens, Yet I am seeing more people and sites saying P. hederaceum(P. scandens being a syn.) Is P. scandens no longer considered the real nme for these beautiful houseplants Confused Confused Confused
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Name: Rhamel
Albany,NY (Zone 5a)
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teengardener1888
Sep 26, 2013 11:06 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Confused Confused Confused Confused Whistling Oh and is hederaceum referring to English Ivy(Hedera helix)
Seriously, just when I think I know the name taxomonist haved to confuse things more Shrug! I know many(or most) gardeners can relate to me. Like plants in the Zebrina and Rhoeo genuses in the spiderwort family are now considered Tradescanta spp. I am so confused
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purpleinopp
Sep 26, 2013 3:07 PM CST
You're right to be confused, and irritated. Yes, they're synonyms. I don't know who decides or how they decide which one is primary and which is a no-longer-accepted synonym. Some plants have synonyms because there was prior confusion about juvenile/mature leaves so were thought to be different species, and some because genetic testing reclassifies the plant, though binomial nomenclature has never been about genetics until very recently. Some species names translate from Latin to English to mean something like "hairy, red, has big flowers," or are even made-up words partially including someone's name, or the region in which they were discovered.

Species names are often repeated. To properly indicate a plant, both genus and species name are required. For example, zebrina. There's Malva zebrina and Tradescantia zebrina.

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Name: Rhamel
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teengardener1888
Sep 27, 2013 7:04 AM CST
Yes purple, Nomenclature is so fun and irritating Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes.
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