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The Sarracenia Deconfusifier arose out of an attempt to make sense of the various clones of Sarracenia grown in the UK. A lot of collections use accession
numbers to identify particular clones, but they do not use the same numbers, so a certain amount of research is required to work out whether a plant seen in a collection
under one number is actually the same plant as seen in another collection under another number.
To help untangle the confusion in my own mind, I started to collate the various growlists available, and from this was born the Deconfusifier!
I make no claim to perfection, it is a work in progress. Most of the accession numbers refer to clonally propagated plants, but some numbers refer to collections of seed. These have been noted where the information is known. I have cross-referenced clones where I have the required information - it is probable that the missing connections exceed the recorded ones - any further information is very welcome.
This may or may not be a useful exercise.
As a matter of curiosity, it has also produced a partial 'snapshot' of the genus as currently grown in the UK (though there are a great many recent or rare clones that have not yet made it to the various lists).
As a mildly obsessive person, I would happily extend the Deconfusifier to cover collections throughout Europe - I simply don't have the information available to hand at present.
I would also be quite happy to spend some time cataloguing the genus as grown in the USA, but (perhaps fortunately) time and finances are preventing me from doing so!
I should also say something about hybrids. Where a botanical name has been given to a hybrid, that name covers all the various crosses, back crosses and subsequent generations of the hybrid.
For example, the name Sarracenia x catesbaei covers all hybrids that include S.flava and S.purpurea only in their ancestry. On this site, I use the * convention
to record this. Sarracenia x catesbaei under this notation , is written Sarracenia (flava * purpurea). If the exact parentage or pedigree is known,
then I use the 'x' symbol. Examples from the collection here would include:
Sarracenia x catesbaei H-40-AP , (flava * purpurea), = S.(flava veinless form x purpurea hetrophylla) ;
Sarracenia x catesbaei SX-57-AS , (flava * purpurea), = S.((flava x purpurea) x flava) .
The process of bringing the whole list into line with this notation will take a little time!
In brief, therefore, it is not perfect.
Entries in the Deconfusifier consist of a series of "fields" of data, separated by full stops. They are made in the general form:
So this is the Sarracenia Deconfusifier .