name change for Eupatorium- please tell me about this...
Hi guys! I know nothing about Botony, but was hoping someone here might be able to answer my question. First of all, I hardly ever pay attention to brand new changes of name in the plant world, but happened to read about this on the Lazy SS Farm site. It noted that Eupatoriums (and many others in the Asteraceae family) were going to have a serious name change, like Actaea did a while back. I read a little about it on another site (link below, scroll down) but was hoping someone could explain this to me.
Is the genus 'Eupatorium' just going away completly? Or are there still plants in that genus? So my E. maculatum will be now Eutrochium maculatum? How about my Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'? Also a Eutrochium? And Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' will now be Ageratina?
I do get the need for these changes(I think ;-) Some plants are lumped into the wrong genus when they should be with another, or in one all thier own. They are not genetically related. Right?
If this is so, why was Cimicfuga changed to Actaea? Was there another plant that was the 'real' Cimicfuga and the plants that did not belong with it were changed to Actaea? If that is not the case, why did they bother to change it all up?
Just curious, how long do you think it will be before plant sources/stores start selling Eupatorium under its new names?
Here is a link that might be useful: more info....