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    Actually the correct terminology is:

    Drosera 'Albino'

    The genus name in italics (or underlined if italics are not possible) and the cultivar name spelled with an initial capital and in single quotations.




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    Those are seedlings? Pretty big.......

    I have a question though...I have a Drosera (got it from Lowes so I don't know what kind...its a very vertical plant with leaves about an inch long) and it has quit producing any sort of dew.....humidity is not a factor as I keep a clear plastic dome over it...I have noticed 4 small stem/stalk looking things emerging from the base of the plant and wanted to know what the heck my plant is doing....flowering perhaps? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]

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    PingMan:

    Why is 'capensis' not part of the name? I'm confused

    Slyfi:

    Sorry, can't figure out what species you might have from that description. Get the Savage Garden and it can help you identify the plant. It's a good book.

    "Seedlings"... when does a plant cease to be a seedling, anyway?
    There's no 'a' in perlite.

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    Lightbulb

    I like Alba a whole lot better than Albino. Alba is a prettier name, Albino sounds a little offensive to me even if we are just talking about a plant. So I'll keep on calling white flowered capesis, Alba. I don't care if it's wrong. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    > Why is 'capensis' not part of the name? I'm confused

    It doesn't matter if it's left in or out. Thus, both D. 'Albino' and D. capensis 'Albino' are equivalent in meaning.

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    To add to the confusion, Peter D'Amato (or however you spell it) has it labeled as D. Capensis "Alba". Notice the incorrect name and the double quotation marks. The Savage Garden is a book widely used by people new and old to cultivation and seems to be at least part of the problem surfacing now.

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    Part of the problem with ID confusion largly stems from people (like Los Angeles Traphole) calling these plants whatever they want, without regard to formal systems designed to keep these issues clear.

    If you want to continue to add to the confusion no one can stop you, but I for one disapprove of your stance, and hope others will not be inclined to follow your lead. You do *not* have the right to call a plant what you will, and doing so will not earn you any respect in the scientific or horticultural community. The right to name a plant is given to the person who initially makes the first legitimate publication of it, and to that person only. This matter is so serious there is an entire International Congress of Botanical Nomenclature which meets to regularly review published names, with regulations that stretch back centuries to the time of Linneaus.

    You might not care if what you do is "wrong", but I do care. Names are important, the proper spelling of these names is also important, and you can be certain that I and others will continue our efforts to educate a new generation of growers and scientists regarding this. This Forum is an educational tool as well as being a meeting place where you can get free plants: but if you choose not to learn, then no one can force you.

    If Peter D'Amato also refers to the plant as Drosera "Alba" in his book,then Mr. D'amato is likewise wrong. Two (or a hundred) wrongs don't make a right. The plant was legitimately published as a cultivar as Drosera capensis 'Albino', and this is the only legitimate name for it.

    If you tried to use a "Bogus" name in reference to Orchids, you would be laughed out of the arena. Some orchid cultivar breeders have spent lifetimes and fortunes creating their cultivars. How would they feel if I suddenly decided I didn't like the sound of the name they chose, and started distributing the material under a name of my own choosing?



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    Tamlin is correct, as always! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] If you don't "care" about the proper naming, growth and cultivation of CPs, why do you grow them? This is not to come down hard on individuality, but there ARE some rules that have to be followed in order to not have a hybrid program like Japan's.... (knock on wood).

    If you want to call the plant "Alba" or "Hungry" of "Jolly Green Giant" in your greenhouse, at least put the proper name on the tag, and when refering to the plant use the names that are given for international use. The cultivar list does not need any more messing up!

    Maybe someone ought to contact D'Amato and inform him of his error...

    Good growing!

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