For those interested in why "those darned taxonomists" change names, Alan Weakley (author of the new flora of our area) has written a wonderful article titled “'Red-headed step-children' – part of the family or not?" that I--as editor--have included in the summer issue of Chinquapin
, the newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. Past issues are now being posted on the SABS website www.sabs.appstate.edu
, but since this is the current issue it's available only to members. If anyone is interested in seeing this--and joining SABS--simply email me at email@example.com
and I'll send you a PDF of the issue.
He specifically deals with:Amphianthus
is now a GratiolaNemopanthus
are now simply IlexDuchesnea
is now included in PotentillaBelamcanda
is longer isolated away from IrisCimicifuga
is no more and is an Actea
the way Linneaus thought it wasDodecatheon
are now included in Primula
are now included in Kalmia
and perhaps most heretical of all, Hepatica
are no more since they're all Anemone
It's great reading.