Plant Database forum: Lophocereus schottii

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Name: Carol Sandt
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csandt
Dec 14, 2015 6:11 PM CST
I would like to add Lophocereus schottii to the database. I saw this cactus at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, and photographed both the plant and the label showing its name.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 14, 2015 6:16 PM CST

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It's in the database. That sign is obsolete. It's now classified as a synonym.

Senita (Pachycereus schottii)
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Dec 14, 2015 6:26 PM CST
Hi CS!

You can just go ahead and do that yourself.
First, you have to submit a request to add it, with the binomial name you already have.
Go to the plant database and search for it to be sure it isn't there under a similar name already.

When I did that, I found a plant with YOUR name as a synonym:
Senita (Pachycereus schottii)

If you think that IS the same plant, you can add your photo and info to that entry.

If you disagree, you can either submit your request anyway and see what they say, or ask a moderator directly in a forum or via tree mail whether they think the synonym is a "good" synonym, or whether there really are two different plants sharing a synonym.


A moderator will review each new plant submission, then approve it if they agree it is new to the database.

Plant naming has become even more complicated since taxonomists started changing names as often as they change their socks! I'm glad when DNA evidence gets innocent people out of jail, but I wish we could stop changing names every other week!

The names have been changed to confuse the innocent!

After a new plant submission is approved, THEN you can go back to it and add info, like where you saw it, and add the photo, plus any data details or comments you have. Like why Lophocereus schottii might NOT be the same as Senita (Pachycereus schottii)
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Jan 15, 2016 5:43 PM CST
They are one and the same, but the DBG is not in the business of hurriedly updating all the name tags when a name change gets proposed, which as RickCorey mentions seems to happen very frequently at the moment, and the new names do not always stick like when they decided that all Trichocereii and several other South American cactus species were all going to be named Echinopsis, but that is now being changed back...

Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 15, 2016 6:45 PM CST
I have found a lot of the DBG names are outdated, but as you said, Thijs, they aren't in a rush to change them.
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