When a subspecies has varieties .......

Discussion in 'Plants: Nomenclature and Taxonomy' started by Moose, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Moose

    Moose Member

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    ..... what is the naming convention? Here is info taken from the CBIF website. I would have though that the scientific name for a variety of a subspecies should reflect that
    eg Sambucus racemosa ssp pubens var arborescens.

    Subspecies Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens
    - 5 records modified since 26-April -2011
    - contains 5 accepted taxa ( 5 verified - standards met)

    - down one level
    Get the following data in XML format
    Variety Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens
    Variety Sambucus racemosa var. leucocarpa
    Variety Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa
    Variety Sambucus racemosa var. microbotrys
    Variety Sambucus racemosa var. pubens
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    You can read this discussion on Wikipedia, which I think addresses the issue you are hinting at.

    In brief, quadrinomials can be shared to give classifications, but only trinomials are accepted as names according to ICBN 24.1.

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