Family: Foxglove Trees [Paulowniaceae]


Taxonomists, in their infinite wisdom, are finally beginning to see the light; that in the authors opinion you cannot sort the fauna and flora into fractal family trees. To this end, taxonomists seem to agree, at least in the context of two cases, Foxglove Tree and Monkeyflower. They have moved the Foxglove Tree (from the Figwort & Foxglove Family [Scrophulariaceae] into a Family of its own, since they find they are un-able to classify it under any of their existing Families. The same fate has befallen Monkeyflowers which they have also moved into a Family of their own, Monkeyflowers [Phrymaceae].

The author thinks this fate awaits a great many other Families and Genus, providing taxonomists think things through to their logical conclusion: that all Kingdoms, Families and Genus are so inter-cross-related that they cannot possibly be described by a fractal family tree. All attempts at such are ultimately doomed to failure, as the two cases above show.

[PAULOWNIA] Foxglove-tree

Foxglove Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) Photo: © RWD

Family: Foxglove Trees [Paulowniaceae]

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