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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rattler_mt @ Jan. 12 2005,10:39)]i have a question then Bob. am i wrong to keep the plant labeled as U. novae-zelandiae? or should i change it to U. dichotoma var. novae-zelandiae?
    Plant taxonomy is part art, part science. The splitters would tend to make every variation into a different species; the lumpers would combine these into a single species. Animal taxonomists tend to be gross lumpers compared to plant taxonomists. Consider the political and social ramifications of applying splitter plant taxonomy to humans. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

    My tendency is to retain on my plant labels the original name that I received the plant. If that identity turns out to be incorrect, I add what I consider to be the correct name, knowing that my identity may itself turn out to be incorrect. Personally, I would continue to label the plant U. novae-zelandiae, if that is how you received it (and that identity is correct).

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    You are definitely growing U. novae-zelandiae (or U. monanthos var. novae-zelandiae if you like). The very short inflorescence and the light colouration differentiate it from dichotoma. BTW, that isn't a malformed flower, it's probably as good as it's gonna get.

    I thought that Taylor had lumped them- thanks for proving me wrong Bob. All the more reason to make a greater effort to get my hands on his monograph.

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    i studied my lone lil flower last night and i am confident it is correctly labeled. the dang flower just refuses to open all the way up. all the correct parts are there. its a pretty lil flower. these lil pots of moss are about as good as orchids in there showy flowers even if they are pint sized.
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    As I said in my previous post, your flower is completely opened and it is definitely U. novae-zelandiae- you don't believe me?. This is a very small flowered species.

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    Sean, that pic is not mine. its a pic i found on BobZ's pic site. i stated that im my post but i guess i didnt make it clear enough, sorry.
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    There is certainly no need to apologise, I am the one that should be doing that. You did make it very clear in your post that the photo was not yours. Don't know what I was thinking or reading. Very sorry about that.

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    Seandew and others interested. You can buy Taylors Monograph online at the following address:

    http://www.kewbooks.com/asps/ShowDetails.asp?id=11

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