[Taxacom] Why character-tracking doesn't happen?

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 14 23:15:22 CDT 2008

On 2008-09-14 07:11, Thomas Lammers wrote:
> The version of this story I have heard (probably from Richard Pohl in
> his plant taxonomy course at Iowa State ca. 1975) ascribd it to
> Charles Sprague Sargent, and said that he unknowingly based three new
> species of Crataegus off gatherings from the same individual.  I have
> not been able to track the source of the story; does anyone know a
> reliable published source for the story? Sargent named so darn many
> species of Crataegus (a genus characterized by predominantly
> uniparental reproduction) that it is certainly plausible.

I heard a similar apocryphal story about E.L. Greene and Ceanothus; 
again, quite plausible, given the natures of both Greene and Ceanothus, 
but I don't know the source.

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