Dear and respected Dr Gurcharan,
You have kindly provided enough excuse for me not to undertake studying about trees and Saplings and their Botanical Names .I am a B.E by Qln and spread tree-planting culture within my limited means of understanding.My Group of such "Unpads"in the "Friends of Nature" group(including IT/commerce) raise Saplings of "Thespesia Populnea",Neem, Pongamia Glabra(or Pinnata),cassia Fistula,Sterculia....in 1/2 Litre or one-litre milk-sachet and distribute freely to provide more health and environment with the grace of God,the Almighty.However, I would like to be guided whenever it becomes necessary.
I really wonder how our Friend Shri Garg gets time and energy to moderate his group while in office in an important Portfolio
i am attaching a write-up on my hobby which keeps me more healthy at 68 and also the world healthy by more Oxygen and greenery.You can spread this hobby for practice to your friends in the retired life.with regardsM.SUNDARARAMAN
On Sun, 06 Sep 2009 08:37:18 +0530 wrote
Amit ji, Padmani ji and other nonbotany
All of us are bound by one thing: Love for
photography, love for nature and curiosity to know what plant I have clicked. In
that no one is botanist or nonbotanist. All of us also want our plant to be
identified correctly, and it is here that botanical names come in handy, and
they are more meaningful when author name is attached.
No garden lover would have miised the common garden
flower cornflower. We all also know that it is botanically Centaurea cyanus, but
incidently it is also known as bachelor's button, blue bottle, ragged robin. If
you search for blue bottle on the internet, you will reach Centaurea cyanus,
Muscari neglectum, species of Gentiana or even an insect Calliphora vomitoria.
Safeda for us in Delhi and elsewhere is Eucalyptus spp. butif ask any one
from Kashmir for a twig of Safeda, he/she will give you Populus spp. All these
problems are not there when using botanical name.Each species will have
only one accepted scientific name, known all over the world. You can extract all
common names for this plant, not vice versa as indicated above.
And now the names with authors. I will just give
you just yesterday's example.Swagat ji (17625) uploaded a photograph which I
identified as Atropa acuminata Royle., appropriately known as Indian belladona,
a very important medicinal plant common in Himalayas. If you look for its
description in OlderIndian books you will find it identified as A.
belladona Linn.,the European bellodona L. which looks totally different
(see it on Flowers of India-often cultivated in gardens). So won't you like to
know whether your plant is belladona (deadly-nightshade) or Indian belladona.
Botanically it can be written (as per present practice inIndiantreepix and
Flowers of India):
Syn: A. belladona
What is your opinionis it
or else this one isbetter:
Sy: A. belladona Clarke (non L.)
Make your choice, shortcut and confusion or
Not to forget,many experts here in the group burn
midnight oil to see that your plants are correctly identified.A plant sent
by me at 1.30 in night was identified by Pankaj ji at 2.15 at night. We
canall see the efforts and contributions of Kenneth to see that our plants
On Sat, Sep 5, 2009 at 11:43 PM, J.M. Garg wrote:
"Would it be expecting too much for the site to stay simple and
interesting for non-botanists?
>Or could the more specialised
and higher level discussions be put on a different link so as not to
intimidate the lay plant-lover?
>(Just a suggestion, which
I hope is taken impartially.)
2009/9/5 Gurcharan Singh
Thanks Pankaj ji for information. We are students all
our life, and there is nothing better than learning few things.
>Nothing to feel apologitic
>Dr. Gurcharan Singh
>University of Delhi, Delhi
Message ----- From: "Pankaj Kumar"
>To: "J.M. Garg"
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