What to do if a plant is spelled in two different ways ?

Gent, Belgium(Zone 8a)

Recently I had a plant identified in the ID forum by Ecrane as being Thulbaghia violacea. It is entered that way in the PF.
But on internet I found the same plant spelled in a different way as Thulbachia violacea.


and there are plenty of other sites that spells it in this way.

On the other hand there are also plenty that spells it like entered in PF.


Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I've always seen Tulbaghia (no "h" after the T) as the spelling here in the US. If Thulbacia is an accepted spelling, then I think you would just add it as a synonym (that's what was done with Buddleja and Buddleia). But the trick is to make sure it's an accepted spelling, and not something like one wholesale grower had it spelled wrong on their tags and now every nursery that buys the plant from them spells it wrong too.

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

I'm not finding either spelling in the databases we use. I'll keep checking and see what I can come up with.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

ARS/GRIN doesn't recognize Thulbachia, Thulbagia or Thulbaghia: http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/tax_search.pl

Tulbaghia is the recognized spelling: http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?40717

Gent, Belgium(Zone 8a)

Thank you for solving the confusion!
So Tulbaghia violacea it will be!

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

It looks that way - thanks for an interesting question! (I had never seen any alternate spellings for it ;o)

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