Date: 23 Mar 1999 13:22:10 Z From: Loyd Wix <Loyd.Wix@unilever.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-Id: <aabcdefg908$foo@default> Subject: S.flava 'Maxima' problems, RHS Colour charts
finally catching up with the digests after a long period
with little to no opportunity to use E-mail at lunch time.
I've been extremely busy with little time at weekend so
those of you expecting material from me please be patient
I will try to send it in due course.
Firstly Phils S.flava 'maxima' problem
>The plant described by Slack in Insect Eating Plants and
>how to Grow Them is not the same as the plant described
by >Masters and later Schnell. The plant described by
Slack is >certainly distinct enough to be regarded as
different from >other horticultural forms of the species.
Unfortunately Slack introduced all sort of cv's in his
IEPAHTGT but the descriptions in the text are rather
>While I agree with all the above comments it does leave
the >grower with a dilemma - what name do we use when we
refer >to this plant. There is no questioning that Slack
was wrong >to use the term "Maxima" to describe this plant
though >given the level of knowledge of carnivorous plants
at the >time Slack was writing it is perhaps an
We perhaps have a more fundamental problem as I am sure
you will find more than one plant labelled 'Maxima'.
Slacks book came out in '87 if my memory is correct. In
the late '80's 'Maxima' started to be used as a term to
incorrectly describe large clones of S.flava not just
Slacks plant in informal horticultural circles. To add to
the confusion seed has been distributed as 'Maxima' with
the result that these seed raised plants have been passed
around as Slacks 'Maxima'. Add another 10 years of
horticultural confusion as material is traded around,
labels get mixed up etc. and even reputable nurserymen
make genuine mistakes. So will the real 'Maxima' step
forward please! This problem is not confined to 'Maxima',
plants were passing around, some again via reputable
nurserymen of mis labelled 'Burgundy' in the early
>More so when so many people are growing and referring to
>this particularplant as Maxima it does make life very
>difficult. This is of course a prime example of why
there >should be rules defining not only taxonomical
>naming but also the naming of horticultural cultivars.
>Perhaps once you have finalised the form for the
>registration of cultivars this is one more plant which
can >be added to the list!
Phil, if you think you have the genuine Slack plant I
guess there is nothing to stop you from correcting Slacks
error and properly registering this cultivar with a non
latin name. Or am I missing something?
you asked about RHS colour charts, I cannot help you
regarding availability in the US. However you can obtain
a copy by mail order from RHS Enterprises in the UK. They
also have a web site www.gardeningstore.com though I
havn't had the opportunity to check this out. I recently
obtained a set of these colour charts as a reference for
some of the ice creams and sorbets I am working with. The
charts cost \243100 plus \2432 P+P in the UK and they
accept credit card payment.
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