Plant Database forum: Spiraea japonica var. albiflora

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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May 8, 2018 5:26 AM CST
Spiraea japonica var. albiflora and Spiraea japonica are listed as the same plant.

One has a pink flower and the other a white flower

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Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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May 8, 2018 6:08 AM CST

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Hi Frank,

That's because var. albiflora is regarded as a synonym:
http://www.catalogueoflife.org...

Typically the white form (alba/album or occasionally albiflora) of a plant is the result of one or two alleles being different from the regular-coloured form (i.e. it is a minor difference that results in the inability to produce a certain pigment). It is no longer considered sufficiently different to warrant a distinct taxon.
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