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Old 16-12-2003, 08:33 PM
Micah J. Mabelitini
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Default Scientific name for Watermelon Radish?

Dilip Barman wrote:

Thanks to both Iris (Iris, I'm sorry - I did do a number of google and
other searches but didn't find the answer - the closest I got was a
reference to Raphanus sativus 'Beauty Heart'; please visit -- I teach an advanced search class and my home page has my course notes FYI) for

Raphanus sativus 'Shinrimei'

and to Micah for

Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus 'Watermelon'

How can I find out definitively whether it is a Chinese radish (var.
longipinnatus) or not? In general, is there a source for looking up
scientific names online? I like to annotate my still life photography
with scientific names - you can see some of my work at

(and click on my name to see my other folders of pictures). Thanks to
all, and best wishes for a happy and peaceful 2004!

'Shinrimei' does appear to be the original Chinese name of the cultivar,
so I'd go with it. I did a bit of research and it looks like Raphanus
sativus var. longipinnatus is now obsolete, in favor of R. sativus var.
niger (according to the ARS-GRIN database at least).

Micah Mabelitini

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