taxonomy in public media

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Jan 15 21:29:17 CST 1997

At 10:56 PM 01/15/97 -0500, Kyle Williams wrote:
>Also on the Star Trek theme, there was an episode where Dr. Crusher and
>Captain Picard were trapped in a cave on an alien world.  Picard was
>injured and Dr. Crusher was able to identify the  roots of a certain
>species of plant (she said the name but I forget what it was) that her
>grandmother used on similar injuries, and used it to help Picard.  Of
>course that begs the question "How is the same species of plant growing
>on different planets?".

For the same reason that European medicinal and culinary herbs are grown in
North America and Australia--they were planted, or escaped from cultivation
(makes a *lot* more sense to me than alien hybrids).

Curtis Clark             
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