Plant Database forum: Cornus sericea confusion

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 12, 2017 12:48 PM CST
I see Cornus sericea (red twig dogwood) and Cornus sericea subsp. sericea (red osier dogwood) in the database. I just had 850 live stakes of Cornus sericea (red osier dogwood) planted by my local conservation people, which is a mix of the two. I am unclear if these two entries are one and the same, or if they are two separate plants. And equally unclear which one to use for My List. Can anyone shed light on this? I'm always confused by a subspecies that is the same as the species - what does that mean? Thanks.
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plantladylin
Apr 12, 2017 3:04 PM CST
According to the Catalogue of life, both are accepted names. From what I've read of the definition; when populations of plants are found growing over a large area, some may acquire slightly different characteristics.

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