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Persea americana Mill.

Information from the Index of California Plant Names (ICPN)
Initial Editorial Analysis 8 Apr 2009
Source of Report for California Rosatti SMASCH notes: Apparently an escape; not treated in Jepson Man.; indicated to be "var. drymifolia Blake."
Initial Editorial Comments one record in SMASCH, UC1587648 (Tim Ross 4565, 21 Apr 1991, Whittier Hills, Los Angeles Co.)
Correspondence and Comments Subsequent to Initial Analysis
Correspondence 1 Flora North America treatment by B. Eugene Wofford see Comment 1
Editorial Comments 1 Correspondence 1 indicates that "Persea americana Miller, the avocado of commerce, with large, fleshy fruits and deciduous tepals, is widely grown in California and Florida. It may persist after cultivation." [The Jepson Manual [Ed. 2] treatment to be submitted by Henk van der Werff; because cultivated plants reportedly may persist after cultivation, and therefore be considered in that sense to have "escaped" cultivation, a Current Status of tentative "3, accepted name for taxon occurring in California only as a waif and/or garden escape, not naturalized " probably is more appropriate at present than "9, accepted name for plant occurring in California only under cultivation (e.g., as crop, ornamental, or experimental plant)".]
Correspondence 2 27 Feb 2006 e-mail from Henk van der Werff to Staci Marcos see Comment 2
Editorial Comments 2 Correspondence 2 indicates that Henk van der Werff will not treat Persea americana as naturalized in California in his treatment to be submitted for The Jepson Manual [Ed. 2].
Correspondence 3 Treatment and author notes submitted for The Jepson Manual [Ed. 2] by Henk van der Werff see Comment 3
Editorial Comments 3 Correspondence 3 indicates that for The Jepson Manual [Ed. 2] Persea americana Mill. is to be treated as a waif.
Correspondence 4 10 Apr 2009 e-mail from Jeff Greenhouse see Comment 4
Editorial Comments 4 Correspondence 4 indicates that the author citation for Persea americana should be abbreviated Mill. [for Philip Miller, 1691-1771]. [Therefore, author citation correct as indicated in this Index, 24 Apr 2009.]
Editorial Summary and Current Status
Editorial Summary rejection, not naturalized in CA, a waif
Current Status JFP-3, accepted name for taxon occurring in CA only as a waif and/or garden escape, not naturalized
Current Status Authority The Jepson Manual [Ed. 2]
Current Status Date 8 Apr 2009
List of names for this Current Status category
List of ICPN names in Persea
List of names from ICPN, Hrusa's Crosswalk, and Jepson Flora in Persea

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