Plant Database forum: Is this picture correct?

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Name: Melanie
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mellielong
Jan 5, 2016 7:42 PM CST


I'm no plant expert, but when I saw this on the main page I thought how it looked exactly like Giant Milkweed (Calotropis gigantea) except it has white flowers instead of purple. I searched the plant they have it listed as thinking it might be related to milkweed, and the images that come up show a very distinctive flower that doesn't look like this picture. I could be wrong, but I would just like someone smarter than me to double check it. Thanks so much!
Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jan 6, 2016 12:52 AM CST
I think you're right Melanie, it does look like a perfect match for Calotropis gigantea,
Here is a white form of it:
http://www.plantsofasia.com/in...
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jan 6, 2016 1:05 AM CST
Unfortunately, creating this thread in the Plant Database Forum does not let the photo owner, @plantmanager, know that the identity of the plant in her photo is being questioned. Now that her name has been tagged. she will be notified of this thread and can join this discussion.

In the future, it would be better to enlarge the photo in question, scroll down, and post a comment about the photo. This will automatically generate a thread in the Plant Photos Forum and will notify the photo owner of the thread. Smiling
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 6, 2016 1:26 AM CST
I am sorry if this is in error. That is the name that was given to me back then.Can it be moved or deleted?
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jan 6, 2016 2:36 AM CST
It's a very good photo. I don't think it should be deleted. I'll move it to the Calotropis gigantea entry.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 6, 2016 10:31 AM CST
Thank you for moving it, Zuzu. I'm sorry for the trouble. I wrote a Costa Rican horticulturalist friend about this. She says it used to be on the Asclepiadaceae family but now is Apocynaceae. I gather things are being moved around a lot! She suggested this website:

W3tropicos http://www.tropicos.org/Name/2... is a database where you can check the scientific names of plants and its synonymous names. taxonomy is changing, with more biomolecular technology some plants that used to be in a family, genus have been moved to another because they are more genetically close.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jan 6, 2016 3:32 PM CST
Thanks for the link, Karen. Things certainly are being moved around a lot, and there's no need to apologize. Even Tropicos sometimes doesn't keep up with the changes as quickly as we might want it to. I've found that the most comprehensive and up-to-date taxonomic site is the Catalogue of Life, so if you ever have doubts about a botanical name, you should look it up here:

http://www.catalogueoflife.org...
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jan 6, 2016 3:35 PM CST
I've found that the most comprehensive and up-to-date taxonomic site is the Catalogue of Life, so if you ever have doubts about a botanical name, you should look it up here:

http://www.catalogueoflife.org...[/quote]
Thank You!

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