Plant Database forum: Hibiscus syriacus

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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May 2, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Looking at my plants list, I noticed that Rose of Sharon is now listed as Hibiscus sinosyriacus instead of H. syriacus. The only H. syriacus I see in the database are cultivars. Can anyone explain what prompted the change? I see that CoL still list H. syriacus as and accepted name.

Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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May 2, 2017 6:56 PM CST

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Rose of Sharon is the common name of both species (H. syriacus and H. sinosyriacus). Both species are included in the Roses of Sharon Database.

Roses of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

I'm not sure why preference is given to H. sinosyriacus in the name of the main plant entry. Perhaps the choice is made by alphabetical order?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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May 3, 2017 6:27 AM CST Admin

The alphabetical order is probably the case. When there are multiple accepted names the system just grabs whichever one comes out of the storage DB and that would usually be alphabetical.
Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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May 3, 2017 8:34 AM CST
Too bad it couldn't default to the shortest name instead. Sad
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