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Brassica oleracea

by VCR111 » Sun May 26, 2019 11:19 am

Brassica oleracea and B. oleracea ssp. oleracea are treated as synonyms on DDb. There appears to be an understanding that B. oleracea refers to 'true' Wild Cabbage (leaving aside uncertainties about the status of that plant in BI) and therefore the ssp. name is unnecessary, but how then to record casual occurrences of cultivated Brassicas, if you are not going to go down the road of distinguishing varieties? I say this not because I have any great interest in recording cultivated cabbages, let alone varieties (but that may not be so in Jersey or Shetland) but because 'B. oleracea' appears to be the only aggregate name available to refer to all the forms and thus records of Wild Cabbage will obviously be lost in this aggregate. I just found what appears to be Wild Cabbage by a seashore in Orkney, unlikely as this may seem, and don't want it to become an ordinary cabbage in the records! Can the ssp become a unique taxon?
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