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Re: HELP--Correct names on labels

In a message dated 7/14/1999 12:05:47 AM Central Daylight Time, 
Cidjohnson@aol.com writes:

 kikutti var. kikutii f. leuconoto or kikutti ssp. leuconoto?
 longissima longifolia or longissima var. longifolia?

ssp = subspecies or a race of plants that breed true that is a little 
diffrent from the "normal" species. The normal flowering color of a plant 
might be blue but in a small or large area a number of plants have white 
flowers and they produce more or less white progeny.  As a general rule those 
plants are isolated from the main population of plants. So my guess is that 
ether name would be right but since you have only one individual I prefer f. 
for form. 

On the last case -- both names are saying the same thin but the proper name 
is spelled out as var. for variety.  All selected plants that are grown are a 
variety ether of the species and in that cause a variety name is not given 
unless there are two or more varieties making up the species. When there a re 
a number of diffrent varieties making up the species than each form has a 
variety name. To distinguish the diffrent forms from one another. 

ssp or subspecies I do not believe is used as often these days but was a term 
used more in the past, It is used to classify a larger and more diverse 
population than a race.  Race is used to designate a smaller population 
isolated and diffrent from the main body of individuals making up the 
species.(dwarf plants found growing on mountain tops)

Var. or variety is a uniform population or in the cause of cultivated plants 
a group of plants that are the same do to asexual propagation. Thus all named 
Hosta plants are a variety "Hosta variety 'Royal Standard' 'other wise know 
as a cultivar.


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