Cimicifuga renamed Actaea

Discussion in 'Plants: Nomenclature and Taxonomy' started by Eric La Fountaine, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Evidence for incorporating the genera Cimicifuga and Souliea into Actaea was published in 1998.

    Taxon 47, Aug. 1998, ppg. 593-634
    http://www.jstor.org/view/00400262/ap040272/04a00040/0

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    This has become adopted by most botanists and UBCBG agrees. As of June 26, 2006 the entries and labels of all accessions of these genera will be accordingly changed.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Steve H Active Member

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    I am familiar with Actea producing a fleshy berry but wondered about the free dry carpels of Cimicifuga? Wouldn't this technical difference in Angiosperm floral characteristics normally be too strong a structural feature to ignore irrespective of other more recent techniques used for classification? A strong case here I would have thought?
     
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    I guess you'd need to show that all the fleshy fruited species share a common ancestor separate from the common ancestor of all the dry fruited species. That need not be the case; it could be that either character has evolved more than once in the lineage.
     

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