Plant Database forum: common names changed?

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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 4, 2011 2:27 PM CST
I was looking through some of the plants that I had submitted and were approved for the DB and noticed that the common names seem to different on a number of them. Did something get merged with or added to the DB recently to give obscure names as the common ones to plants? Thanks.
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valleylynn
Nov 4, 2011 3:04 PM CST
What part of the database was it in Janice?
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Calif_Sue
Nov 4, 2011 3:39 PM CST

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I just looked at your plant list http://garden.org/plants/browse/user/plants/sandnsea2/
and don't see anything unusual with the common names. Most seem to only have one common name. Which in particular were you wondering about?
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Nov 4, 2011 3:48 PM CST

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It looks like most of the Cattleya have that as a common name as well, I can change it to that. And the Dendrobium are mostly Dendrobium as well with a couple as Dendrobium Orchid. Would just Dendrobium be the best common name?
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 4, 2011 4:53 PM CST
Thanks, Lynn and Sue.
Dave already approved my name change. It was for Ipomoea Quamoclit. I requested the common name of Hummingbird Cypress vine.

Then I changed Cardoon as the common name for the Cynara. And then I took a look at Monarda. Bee Balm is the common name. That genera could be standardized as far as the order of the names, consistency, etc.

Then there were a few others I fixed by giving a thumbs up to the correct name from an obscure one.

The reason I asked if something had changed is that when I proposed the plant, it was approved with the correct common names and it appeared to have changed since then.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 4, 2011 5:48 PM CST
Great job Janice. All this sleuthing is such fun. Thumbs up
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dave
Nov 4, 2011 6:49 PM CST

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sandnsea2 said:The reason I asked if something had changed is that when I proposed the plant, it was approved with the correct common names and it appeared to have changed since then.


I wish I could tell you exactly the chain of events but I don't have the information in front of me.

There are a few members who submit a lot of name edits and they do a fantastic job. I have grown accustomed to seeing their user names in the queue and approving without doing a rigorous check on the proposal. It's possible, even likely, that one of these submitted a name change on something that was previously edited, too.
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 4, 2011 6:55 PM CST
Thank, Lynn and Dave!
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eclayne
Nov 5, 2011 6:35 AM CST

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So Bee Balm IS the most common name for Monarda. That's what I grew up with but I've seen Bergamot used more often for fistulosa.

The way the Thumbs up is set up I was thinking the most popular would get precedence. Common name wars in the offing. Big Grin
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 5, 2011 8:36 AM CST
Evan do you know anything about this? The thread "How to speed up my internet connection" in Site Talk forum
Or anyone else in this thread. Thumbs up
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 5, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Evan, Bergamot is more a plant persons name for Monarda. fist. Bee Balm is how the general public (and many seed and plant companies) come to learn of Monarda. It is also a very useful common name, as it describes the lure the plant presents to the Bee.
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eclayne
Nov 5, 2011 3:17 PM CST

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Thanks Janice, Bee Balm it is.
Lynn, I'm no techie but there are some basic things which help. I'll post on the other thread.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Nov 5, 2011 3:25 PM CST
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