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Jepson Field Book volume 28_196 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 28_196
Curiosities of Botanical Literature. The Delight of Taxonomic Omniscience. "Examination revealing an array of very pronounced characters"-this of an Arabis in the suffrutescens group, (!).-Greene, Leaflets, 2:77.  -Re. Rydberg and Dipterstemon.  He divides up Brodiaea with the utmost confidence, indeed one may say omniscience. Rydberg's omniscience seems to me, however, a bit crude or unfinished with the omniscience of Greene. That shines with a clear, dazzling, a compelling light truly wonderful, especially when, concentrated on a disposition of things that is open to doubt or possibly false. Not possessing omniscience I am unfortunately not able to appreciate the manifestation of it in others as I ought. While, for example, I make one genus of the Brodiaea things I  ::::::::: apprehend fully, I think, the possibility or advantages of replacing it with a number of genera. But when you have omniscience you do not admit any possible alternative; there must infallibly be 15, 20, or 25 genera and not one. I suppose we might have an omniscience which decreed just one genus, but that kind of omniscience has not lately been in evidence. -Nov. 1917.  "Allium unifolium Kell. Its peculiar character of root is imaginary"-Jones, Contrib. 10:84.  "the Brittonian system under which Mr. Greene is supposed to train."-Jones, Contrib. 8:24. Jones never knew how piquant this is. He meant it merely for a knock-out blow. A correspondent asks advice as to his "qualifications for compiling a useful flora of
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