Plant Database forum: Wrong info on a declined proposal

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Nov 23, 2012 9:34 PM CST

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I just declined a proposal to add Pulsatilla vulgaris subsp. gotlandica as a new plant. I said I was declining it because it's a synonym of Pulsatilla vulgaris, but that's wrong. It's actually a synonym of Anemone pulsatilla.

Unfortunately, I can't remember who submitted the proposal, so I can't use tree-mail to correct the misinformation I provided.
Name: Dora
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dorab
Nov 23, 2012 10:47 PM CST
No problem! It was me. When I searched for Pulsatilla vulgaris, Anemone pulsatilla popped up and I found gotlandica in its synonyms. So I just assumed that was what you meant and uploaded a picture to that file.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Nov 23, 2012 11:10 PM CST

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I'm so glad you found it. I'm sorry for getting that information confused.

Sadly, the Pulsatilla genus no longer exists, It's still present on The Plant List, but every other source has now reclassified all of the Pulsatilla species as a few species of the Anemone genus.

Some of these name changes are disturbing for those of us who are prone to nostalgia. I have fond memories of the nice Pulsatilla collection I once amassed.
Name: Lori
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growitall
Nov 23, 2012 11:42 PM CST
Don't worry... they'll probably be back again in a while, if history is any indicator. Green Grin!
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Nov 23, 2012 11:51 PM CST

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I wish. nodding Unfortunately, the process seems to be moving in only one direction -- fewer and fewer distinct genera and species. Anemone already swallowed up the Hepaticas, which was also disturbing.
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dorab
Nov 24, 2012 1:14 PM CST
Thanks for the correction on my comment about the blue dot, Lori. I had no business making that statement since it was a supposition on my part--dangerous business in gardening and botany.
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Name: Lori
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growitall
Nov 24, 2012 1:34 PM CST
No worries! Smiling
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 24, 2012 2:46 PM CST

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zuzu said:I wish. nodding Unfortunately, the process seems to be moving in only one direction -- fewer and fewer distinct genera and species. Anemone already swallowed up the Hepaticas, which was also disturbing.


The lumpers will have their way for awhile, but the splitters will get their chances again eventually.

Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Nov 24, 2012 7:16 PM CST

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Brace yourselves. Lychnis is gone! It no longer exists as a species, according to ITIS and GRIN, and every Lychnis is now a Silene.

I can't say I'm surprised. It would have been difficult to like one and not the other. I'm pretty sure that any gardener with a soft spot for Lychnis also was attracted to Silenes when they were perceived as separate genera.

And there is a bright side: It's much harder to mispronounce Silene. Green Grin!
Name: Lori
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growitall
Nov 24, 2012 7:22 PM CST
Really? How many people pronounce it with three syllables? Big Grin
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Nov 24, 2012 7:40 PM CST

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I actually Googled "Silene pronunciation" after I wrote that post and was amazed to find three different versions on line. Green Grin!

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