More Naming questions.

Robert Allen (Robert.Allen@Eng.Sun.COM)
Thu, 10 Mar 1994 13:22:41 +0800

>>> single quotes (`')
>>These are reserved for true cultivars, i.e. registered clones like
>>_Drosera_*_ `California Sunset'. Note that these names must not be Latin,
>>and they have to be written with capitalized initials. (now this hybrid has
>>even been given a "scientific" name: _D.* californica_, but the two are not
>>the same:
>>_Drosera_*_ `California Sunset' is only the offspring of the original
>>clone, while you can produce _D.* californica_ yourself if you hybridize
>>_D.filiformis_var.filiformis_ and _D.filiformis_var.tracyi_ (any clone and
>>any direction, i.e. irrespective of the mother plant).
>>>capitalized words - proper names, such
>>> as N. x Hookeriana
>>No! _N.* hookeriana_ is a scientific name (not capitalized).

Does the nomenclature indicate that hybrids should
always be preceded by an "x" to indicate that they
are a hybrid, i.e.:

P. x `George Sargeant'
N. x hookeriana
D. x hybrida


My plant list is gradually becoming cleaner.
I start to see the irritation with sloppy
naming. For example I have 3 forms of P.
moranensis, keyed by Peter D'Amato as forms
A, G, and `Superba'. The last is probably
a cultivar, at least I'm treating it as such,
but the first two are keyed by location, so
that when they are finally keyed out everyone
who bought an "A form" will be able to re-name
it to whatever it's to be called. For the
moment I'm treating them as cultivar names
even though they clearly are not.