Re: sports vs selected forms?
In a message dated 01/19/2000 4:08:07 PM Central Standard Time,
<< 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
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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