Heads up: Some or all of the identifications affected by this split may have been replaced with identifications of Crocus vernus. This happens when we can't automatically assign an identification to one of the output taxa. Review identifications of Crocus vernus 55769

Taxonomic Split 108411 (Committed on 10-04-2022)

Phylogeny, karyotype evolution and ta... (Citation)
Added by epsilon on 03 April, 2022 09:42 | Committed by epsilon on 10 April, 2022
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According to the work of (D. Harpke & al., "Phylogeny, karyotype evolution and taxonomy of Crocus ser. Verni (Iridaceae)", Plant Systematics and Evolution, Jan 2015, 301 (1): 309-325) it is suggested: "For the taxon traditionally known as C. vernus, the analyses suggest that it should be split into five species: C. heuffelianus, C. neapolitanus, C. neglectus sp. nov., C. siculus and C. vernus."

Please note that according to this new taxonomy, C. vernus (s. str.) corresponds to the previous taxon C. albiflorus.

It seems that many plants previously identified as C. vernus are escaped garden plants.

See also: https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/485558

Posted by epsilon about 2 years ago

You should have atlased the species before committing the split.

Posted by rynxs about 2 years ago

That was intentional. Most of the plants identified as C .vernus are garden forms. With an atlas these would be mixed with the correctly identified crocuses.

Posted by epsilon about 2 years ago

Have you reviewed most of the C. vernus observations, or is that an assumption? The top identifier of C. vernus complex has only looked at about 8% of the total observations.

Posted by rynxs about 2 years ago

I did not look at most of the C. vernus, but at a random selection as a sample.
Today I tried to (re-)identify Crocus vernus from the Alps where Crocus vernus s.str. is quite common . About 10-20% of the observations were possibly or probably C. vernus s.str. Again, most of them were not C. vernus, but more likely garden plants.
The other 4 species of the complex have been in iNat for a while. If someone had identified these species, they could have selected them.
Sometimes there is no good solution, but only the best one.

The discussion about C. vernus / C. albiflorus has been going on for quite a long time. I wanted to bring it to a conclusion now. I'm sorry if it doesn't suit everyone. I had shown the split to loarie before.

Posted by epsilon about 2 years ago

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