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Posted by jo663 (U15234863) on Friday, 20th April 2012
On watching Monty Don in tonight's programme I was disappointed to hear him using the old name for Lamprocapnos spectabilis "Alba" - this was FORMERLY known as Dicentra spectabilis "Alba" but has now been renamed.
I would have thought that a programme of the calibre of Gardener's World would have had the most up-to-date information on plant nomenclature. Come on BBC, keep up please!!
Posted by Derek Pig (U14833635) on Friday, 20th April 2012
This was a quite deplorable error.
However, somewhere in my heart, I have found the space to forgive Monty for this most serious of mistakes.
In a recent episode, he didn't mention which (if any) of the Poa annua subspecies he had in his path. I, for one, felt robbed, for this was most vital information.
In the same way that the bBC should get an excellent calibre of taxonomic pedant to present its gardening shows, It should also get some of its tremendous army of armchair football referees as pundits for MOTD. Perhaps the ones who can eat the most pizza. Or maybe just the biggest bore in the pub.
There's a show in that one.
Posted by waggerstaff (U13667058) on Saturday, 21st April 2012
Talking about "up-to-date" information, Monty mentioned something on the lines of a garden plant swap, but the only page I could find regarding this hadn't been updated since 2009 !!
What is the BBC's thinking behind this? They're always in the habit of using the expression "click on the link", but where are these links?
Posted by Trillium (U2170869) on Saturday, 21st April 2012
I run a nursery and take great care to use up to date botanical names. However, I've made an exception in the case of 'Lamprocapnos' and stuck with the old name.
This is because hardly any wholesalers or other retailers have changed over . The old name for this very familiar plant is so widely known and in so many gardening books already in circulation- of course these can't be changed. Even the main trade weekly magazine, Horticulture Week did a leader profile on the plant three weeks ago, using Dicentra spectabilis.
I think it's one of those changes which may never properly take effect, especially since the new name is so ugly. James Alexander Sinclair pithily described is as sounding like 'the name of a peninsula on some minor Greek island where the sewage outfall resides' Quite apt.
Posted by Derek Pig (U14833635) on Saturday, 21st April 2012
Agreed Trillium. You rwead the new names for the whitebeams? Reckon the nursery trade will be quick to pick it up? no. While I think the review of any genus increases our knowledge of plants and is a good thing, sometimes botanists do get it wrong
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