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Re: sports vs selected forms?

In a message dated 01/19/2000 4:08:07 PM Central Standard Time, 
KT1140@aol.com writes:

<< OK this one confuses me. Is there a difference between a selected form and 
 sport. For example "Fall Bouquet" is a selected form of H.longipes var. 
 auca, the same goes for "H. Maekawa" and H. hypoleuca. Are these examples 
 also considered sports?
   I'd appreciate  your help if you can clarify this for me
 Kent >>

I would call a "sport" a vegetative derived form, while the examples you have 
listed above are seed derived forms.

Technically "form" means a variation in a population of plants or animals. 
For instance there are many white forms of blue flowering Violas in North 
That is in a population of blue flowering plants a few plants have white 
Thus the name would be:

Viola (xxxx) Form Alba

 If there is a population of white flowering plants that breeds true and is 
isolated from the blue flowering plants then the name would be:

Viola (xxxx) Variety alba (or subspecies alba)

When talking about Hosta that are asexually propagated "cultivars" would be 
the most proper term to use.

"Sport" is a 'cultivar' derived from a vegetative source as apposed to a 
sexually derived source.

I hope I did not confuse you even more.

I will also list a few of the more basic rules for the naming of cultivars:

1) New cultivars names must be in modern languages and not in Latin.

2) The Botanical name of a species to which they belong is changed, cultivar 
names remain the same.

3) Two or more cultivars in the same genus are not permitted to have the same 

4) Since Jan 1 1959 new cultivar names can not be the same as the botanical 
or common name (this includes species and genus)

5) New cultivar names must  include a description before they can be 
recognized (this can be in any language)

6) It is recommended that cultivar names be registered so as to prevent 
duplication or misuse of names.

The above rules are not exhaustive but make up the formative process for the 
proper naming of cultivars.

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