Jan. 14, 2017


Currently we have arrived at a point where we have enough genetic knowledge and enough computing capacity to take plant classification to a very different level.  The rate of change boggles our minds, and confounds attempts to publish definitive works on plants.  Many of our old trusted companions from Audubon, Peterson and others no longer provide correct technical names for many wildflowers.  Not to worry.  They are still the same old plants.  A rose or a marsh marigold by any other name still looks as sweet.  The names are a way we can talk to each other about wildflowers.  Suddenly, the common names are often as good for that as anything more technical.  The next time someone like me tries to impress you with their Latin, just remember they could easily be wrong tomorrow. And if you call it a marsh marigold, you'll still be right.