This is why taxonomists exist that who love to puzzle this out.
Another plant database that you might examine is:
The site's purpose: Managed by the International Organization for Plant
Information (IOPI), the Global Plant Checklist (GPC) is a cooperative
international project designed to help humanity manage the earth's
biodiversity efficiently and sustainably.
It contains lots of other databases and 'might' be more current, but don't
count on it. By the way, in IOPI, Allium is in the family Alliaceae (with
citations to the originating database).
Spike Hernandez wrote in message <36c20276.33403494 at news.eclipse.net>...
>>I'm working on a plant database and I'm trying to keep the
>nomenclature as accurate as possible, but I'm having a hard time
>deciding what's "authoritative."
>>For instance, If I look in the PLANTS database at:
>http://plants.usda.gov/plantproj/plants/>>...The genus Allium is listed in the family Liliaceae.
>>If I look at the Families of Flowering Plants database at:
>http://muse.bio.cornell.edu/delta/angio/>>...Allium is in the family Alliaceae.
>>Both of these databases seem to be "current."
>>How does one resolve such inconsistencies?
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