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[ Anglojap Yew (Taxus 'Beanpole') | Posted on May 10, 2021 ]

This cultivar belongs to the group of hybrids that are crosses between English yew (Taxus baccata) and Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata)

[ White Fir (Abies concolor 'King’s Gap') | Posted on May 5, 2021 ]

The American Conifer Society says this cultivar derives from a witches broom that was found in Pennsylvania by Gregg Gulden in the late 1990s.

[ Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Kishiogima') | Posted on May 3, 2021 ]

The American Conifer Society describes the origin of the cultivar as being a color sport of the species, which was found in Japan in the late 1990s.

[ Orchid (Paphiopedilum Aladin) | Posted on February 27, 2021 ]

Disambiguation notice. There are two very similarly named Paphiopedilum grexes of different parentage, one described on this page (#1 below) and one which, though more recent, is not yet in the database (#2 below)
#1 Paphiopedilum Aladin (1936), Atlantis x Paphiopedilum delenatii
#2 Paphiopedilum Aladdin (2013), Hamana Samson x Hagrid
Because "Aladin" would be considered by many people to be a misspelling of "Aladdin", the possibility exists of specimens of P. Aladin having their labels inadvertently "corrected" to read P. Aladdin.

[ Rhopalocarpus lucidus | Posted on February 24, 2021 ]

Trees of the genus Rhopalocarpus are endemic to Madagascar. Virtually nothing about the life cycle of Rhopalocarpus lucidus (deciduous vs. evergreen, flowers, fruits, etc.) is available online. It is said to have a forest habitat, to be widespread in Madagascar, and to be threatened by harvesting for firewood, rope and tool making. The genus name is from the Greek, meaning "club fruit", in reference to its shape.

[ Orchid (Oncidesa Sweet Ears) | Posted on February 19, 2021 ]

Parentage, as listed by Orchid Roots, is Oncidesa Sweet Sugar × Gomesa Cloud Ears.

[ Orchid (Aliceara Winter Wonderland) | Posted on February 17, 2021 ]

Orchid Roots gives the parentage of this grex as "Bratonia Cartagena × Oncidium Gledhow". Online references sometimes refer to it as Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy', and I have seen a specimen of it labeled this way at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. To my inexpert eye, blooms labeled simply Winter Wonderland, and those labeled Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy' look indistinguishable.

[ Orchid (Aranda) | Posted on February 6, 2021 ]

Aranda is a man-made inter-generic hybrid, or nothogenus created by crosses between the orchid genera Arachnis and Vanda.

[ Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Red Goddess') | Posted on February 5, 2021 ]

This comment refers only to a specific location, namely the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum. At the request of a site administrator I am copying a comment I left for photos taken of 'Red Goddess' at that site.
"A note to anyone who might be hoping to see this cultivar at the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum. It is no longer in the collection, sadly. The sites it occupied nominally in Bed 12 (12-4ab) are now occupied by a new addition to the collection, Instituteur Doriat (planted fall 2018, and yet to bloom). I only saw Red Goddess bloom there (Bed 12) one year, and then the plants either stopped blooming or died out. - Elizabeth"

[ Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Best Man') | Posted on February 5, 2021 ]

It has been suggested that I add the following info for this cultivar, which I posted to specific photos, here in the plant comments. Please note that it refers only to a specific location, namely the Peony Garden at Nichols arboretum, Ann Arbor.
"Just a friendly heads up. This is really a message to anyone who might be hoping to view this cultivar in the Peony Garden in Ann Arbor. Based on my own extensive study of the current collection, both in person and via the bed maps provided annually for the period 2015-2019, this cultivar, Best Man, is no longer in the collection, and hasn't been in it since some time before 2015. There has been an extensive reworking of parts of the collection beginning after the 2014 growing season, and it is still underway. It may be that the plants of Best Man were lost at that time, or they may have succumbed to disease. There's no entry for Best Man in the MBGNA database (which doesn't necessarily mean it was never in the collection, since the database is notorious out of date). - Elizabeth"

[ Dahlia (Dahlia pinnata Dahlightful® Crushed Crimson) | Posted on January 26, 2021 ]

I have read that members of this series of dahlias are meant to be grown as annuals, and they are listed as such by some growers.
One site claims they were bred not to produce tubers.

[ Multiflora Spreading/Trailing Petunia (Petunia Evening Scentsation™) | Posted on January 14, 2021 ]

Some sources indicate this cultivar is a Petunia x atkinsiana
For example, https://parkseed.com/evening-s...
and
https://www.weseeds.com/evenin...

[ Mickey Mouse Plant (Ochna multiflora) | Posted on December 30, 2020 ]

The yellow blooms of this plant drop their petals fairly quickly. The remaining red sepals, which clasp the developing fruit can be mistaken for buds. The sepals enlarge, open out, and become brighter red as the fruit develops further, and can be mistaken for flower petals.

[ Euphorbia (Euphorbia heteropodum var. heteropodum) | Posted on December 6, 2020 ]

Note that although Catalogue of Life gives Euphorbia guentheri as the now accepted name for Monadenium guentheri, the plant described on this page, which once was called Monadenium guentheri var. mammilare, has been reclassified not as Euphorbia guentheri var. mammilare, as one might expect, but with a different specific epithet from 'guentheri', namely 'heteropodum', as well as a different variant epithet.

[ Haworthia (Haworthiopsis reinwardtii) | Posted on December 3, 2020 ]

A word of warning, or assistance, if you're trying to find database pages for variants or forms of what used to be called Haworthia reinwardtii. In 2013, when the new genus Haworthiopsis was created from a subset of Haworthia species, the mother species Haworthia reinwardtii became Haworthiopsis reinwardtii, BUT only some of its variants were similarly reclassified as Haworthiopsis reinwardtii. Other variants were subsumed into the genus Haworthiopsis coarctata, sometimes, but not always, keeping the variant-specific name. An example is Haworthia reinwardtii var. adelaidensis becoming Haworthiopsis coarctata var. adelaidensis, but Haworthia reinwardtii f. olivacea becoming Haworthiopsis reinwardtii f. olivacea.

This is but a small sample of the confusing renaming/reclassification that has recently taken place among species that used to be in the Haworthia genus. The point of this comment is to alert people who are trying to find database pages for some form or variant of what once was called Haworthia reinwardtii that they should now, at a minimum, look at all the entries both for Haworthiopsis reinwardtii and Haworthiopsis coarctata. Be warned, also, that the database entries don't have complete lists of all the taxonomic synonyms attached to a given accepted binomial, so searching the database won't always produce the desired 'hit', whereas viewing the lists of all entries under the mother species names might help you find what you're looking for.

[ Zombie Palm (Zombia antillarum) | Posted on December 2, 2020 ]

Zombia antillarum is the sole species in the genus Zombia. The genus is placed in the family Arecaceae, the palm family.
The species is endemic to the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles. It is a dry land palm that is tolerant of drought.

[ Echeveria (Echeveria pulvinata var. leucotricha) | Posted on December 2, 2020 ]

Warning about the ambiguous common name, Chenille Plant, for this species. If you Google that term, the primary hit is for a very different plant, namely Acalypha hispida. This highlights a common problem with common names for plants. They tend not to be unique to a single plant, but get used and re-used by multiple plants.

[ Susanna's Spurge (Euphorbia susannae) | Posted on December 1, 2020 ]

Disambiguation comment. The common name uses a 'z' in the name, Suzanne's Spurge, whereas the specific epithet uses an 's', viz. susannae. The problem is that a search on a misspelled species name, 'Euphorbia suzannae' lands on a completely different euphorbia species, Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae in the garden.org database. I have seen such a misspelling on a conservatory plant tag, and it may, in fact, be a fairly common mistake. Just be warned...

[ Dahlia 'Blue Danube' | Posted on November 29, 2020 ]

This is a case where several different cultivars might be intended (see below). Absent any proposed cultivar-specific data or a photo, this database entry is ambiguous.
From http://www.dahliaworld.co.uk/d...
Blue Danube I SBa L. 1948 ir0/cd12
=bonny blue
Blue Danube II SD L. <1957
Blue Danube III MinD L. <2012 jans12

It would appear that Blue Danube I or Blue Danube III are the more likely ones based on flower form, since a common name 'Ball Dahlia' was included when the entry was created. An introduction date for Blue Danube III of "<2012", which might mean "before 2012" still leaves that choice suspect, however, given the garden.org database entry creation date in 2011.

[ Dahlia 'Bloodstone' | Posted on November 29, 2020 ]

Dahlia World lists three dahlia cultivars with this name, none of which is classed as a waterlily form. The listings are
Bloodstone II SD Dk.R. 1939 barwise UK
Bloodstone I 8 R. 1931 NL nds31
Bloodstone III MinD R. 1939 old house

Since the person, "admin", who created this garden.org database entry didn't propose any cultivar-specific data, this entry must be considered ambiguous.

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