|> > I suggest you contact your local botanical gardens. They are pretty
|> > clear on identification. You can't tell me the taxonomy is so
|> > involved in this species that botanists won't know the clear nature of
|> > these seeds.
|> Some of those who sell them admit they can't be clear on what they've got.
|> I don't know *why*, however.
A combination of honesty and legal reasons. Classifying the species I
am referring to is tough even for specialists!
Unfortunately, both Cambridge and Kew have been inflicted with modern,
efficient, targetted management, and have closed their front doors to
amateurs. I got a complete brush-off from the former, which did not
impress me, as all I asked for was a pointer to references if anyone
knew of any offhand. I don't know the people personally, or would
bypass the bureaucracy.
In both cases, amateur botanists have to make do with the schoolchild-
oriented pap that they provide as public information or find a way
around the mechanism :-( And, increasingly, non-trivial information
is being excluded even to academics of other disciplines, though it
is only people like me who bemoan the fact. I can see the harm that
it does to the specialities, but the specialists can't see widely
enough to realise that.