Plant Database forum: Help adding Hippeastrum

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 16, 2016 11:15 AM CST
I was at Selby Gardens yesterday and got some photos of Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatafolium. I see plain Hippeastrum reticulatum in the database, but I'm thinking the var. warrants a different entry? I don't think I've added one like that before so I thought I'd turn to the professionals for help. Thanks! Thumbs up
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Sep 16, 2016 12:16 PM CST

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Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium is not considered to be a valid scientific name. It's an unfortunate habit of some horticulturalists that, when they find individual plants within a species that are a little different in appearance (especially if the differences make for a superior garden plant), they make up varietal names and distribute the plants under those names.

It's not the proper way to do things. They should either use a cultivar name or, if the plants truly are a distinct variety, they should go to the trouble of publishing a paper through peer review explaining why that is.
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Sep 16, 2016 12:22 PM CST
So would it be okay to add it to the Hippeastrum reticulatum entry, then?
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Plant Identifier Region: Nebraska Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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KentPfeiffer
Sep 16, 2016 12:33 PM CST

Plants Admin

Sure. Thumbs up
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Sep 16, 2016 12:34 PM CST
Thanks, Kent! I want to make sure I add things to the right place.

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