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    How come all rosetted doseras look like D.intermedia or D.capillaris to me?!?...maybe cuz thats the ones I'm most familiar with! Its going to be a long time before I can identify cps likes pros; ie. all the Tamlins around here ...now its just for fun (taking this hobby nice and steady...) \

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    What does aff. stand for Btw? Just curios(sp?) ,
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    aff.
    Abbreviation of "affinity".

    It means that it appears to be related to whatever specific epithet (species name) follows the abbreviation.



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    I am not sure if this is actually a legitimate usage, but Joseph is correct. I know Lowrie uses this designation, and it does serve to communicate that although there may be affinities with the named species, there are also some significant anomolies as well.
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    Jason,

    With taxonomy you have to be able to look closely at the important details relative to the genus. In Drosera, these characters include small details of the way the styles fork, the way the scape comes out of the rosette, details of the stipules, the nature of the hairs and glands found on the petiole and peduncle, seed size and testa. After awhile the information gets internalized.

    Another good way to learn is to review protolouges, and study of the botanical drawings which are often provided in them.
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