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RE: Change in registered cultivar name


Actually, the cutoff Pete Ruh mentioned was 1959 (year the first Code was
published).  As you can see from the article below the rule does apply to
all Latin words except in the case of a name of an ancient Roman person or
place. The rules of The International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated
Plants apply to all cultivated plants, not just hosta, and are not just by
the applied by the AHS.

"17.9.  To be established, a new cultivar epithet published on or after 1
January 1959 must be a word or words in a modern language (except as
otherwise required under Art. 17.3); Latin words or words which may be
considered to be Latin, and thus are liable to cause confusion, may not be
used unless they are the classical name of an ancient Roman person, or of a
place." (ICNCP 1995)

I do agree that Magna Cum Laude is not likely to be confused with a species

David Stevenson
Hosta Registrar

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com
> [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Chris Weiss
> Sent: Monday, January 18, 1999 5:52 PM
> To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
> Subject: Re: Change in registered cultivar name
> According to Pete Ruh,  the AHS has this rule against Latin names unless
> you can provide proof that the plant was found before 1969 (I'm not sure
> the relevance of this date).  The confusion comes in when people choose
> Latin names that coincide with names of other species of plants outside
> hostas.  Then the AHS applies this rule to every Latin word eventhough
> it may not be used in any Latin based plant name.  Magna Cum Laude, for
> example contains three Latin words all of which would probably never be
> used in any other plant across the board but since they are Latin they
> are rejected.  I hope I did not confuse everyone with all this...if I
> did email me and I will try to better explain.
> Chris

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