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Re: VMs: Viola tricolor
--- Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> ...which was basically my point: that even what (at
> first glance) might
> seem like an uncontestable identification can turn
> out to have reasonable
> alternative possibilities, each of which take time
> to understand and
> evaluate. Furthermore, at the end of that whole
> process, you may still not
> know enough to do better than make an informed
> guess. *sigh*
> Nymphoides peltata, Dana?
The following picture compares quite favourably
with the VMs image:
The plant is also known as 'fringed water lily'
(the VMs drawing appears deliberately fringed).
But the real issue is, even if the illustration
may look more like this plant than a water lily,
this does not prove that it is meant to be
this plant rather than a water lily.
It could be that the author wanted to draw a
water lily, had never seen one, but knew only
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