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Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 3, 2006
8:02 PM

Post #2782562

It looks like I need to make a new plant entry on this one. I get the family is Melastomataceae.

Is the genus Heterocentron? And is the species aff.floribundum

I have been doing internet searches on this one and can't find it.

Thanks for clarification.

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October 4, 2006
10:09 AM

Post #2784163

The aff. is shorthand for affinis (affinity) and is used to indicate an unnamed plant that bears a close relation or a strong resemblance to a specific species, in this case Heterocentron floribundum, but it's not that species as the plant displays some features that don't match the species.

Another abbreviation is c.f. which means confer (compares with) meaning that the plant, again, bears a very close resemblance to but shows some small features that don't match the standard species or cultivar description.

These abbreviations basically mean that the name of the plant is unknown or it may not have a name yet.

Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 4, 2006
2:19 PM

Post #2784798

Is there a way to enter plants like this in PF, or do they need to have a definite identity before we want them in there?

October 4, 2006
3:30 PM

Post #2785013

Good point Ecrane, I should have addressed that in my answer. All plants need a definite identity to be included in the PlantFiles.


Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 5, 2006
8:52 AM

Post #2787409

Very interesting!! THANKS. The AFF threw me.

Too bad too for I have some great pictures of this one. I am finding lots of the pictures I take at the San Francisco Arboretum and the Conservatory of Flowers are not any good for the PlantFiles because they are either weird hybrids or just not named. Sad because they are so neat to share.

Anyway Baa, this isn't even the one I had a question about the other day. I still need to look for that one.

Thanks again and thanks Liz for asking a great question for me.

October 5, 2006
2:34 PM

Post #2787922

I did wonder if it was the same one Kell :)

In cases of unidentified plants like the one in your image, we would encourage you to post them on your journal if you want to make them available for others to see. The information is still relevant and interesting, who knows someone may well come forward with more info!

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