Plant Database forum: Plant Nomenclature

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 22, 2016 7:51 AM CST
When a plant lists only the genus and then the cultivar, does this mean it is a hybrid cross of two different species?
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Apr 22, 2016 11:21 AM CST

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That is what it means in some cases, but it also can mean that the species was left off the proposal when the addition of the plant to the database was proposed.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 22, 2016 11:55 AM CST
So, further research would seem to be in order (plus updating database if appropriate). Thanks. Does anyone know offhand if seedlings are more apt to come true from crosses within a species as opposed to two different species? Or is that variable? I'm trying to nail down a long spurred columbine that grows well in the PNW and hopefully doesn't throw seedlings that revert to plain-jane. I've got some potential cultivars from the PNW forum, doing additional research.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Apr 22, 2016 7:32 PM CST

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It also may mean that the breeder, or collector if it's a cultivar that was originally collected in the wild, simply doesn't know which species it belongs to. In this particular case, given how promiscuous columbines are, that's certainly a possibility.

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