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How to construct a cultivar name.

The following is a simplified guide to naming new cultivars. Full details can be obtained from the International Code for Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants, 1995.

The name takes the form of the denomination class in italics (= Genus name in Latin), plus the 'Cultivar Epithet' in a modern language. eg. Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’.

Some rules:

N.B. These rules apply to cultivars introduced after 1995. Older cultivar names may not conform to them.

Using the cultivar name

The cultivar name may consist of:

the Genus, followed by the 'Cultivar Epithets'
the Genus and species, followed by the 'Cultivar Epithets'

The International Code for Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants states:

7.1 The name of a cultivar or Group consists of the name of the genus or lower taxonomic unit to which it is assigned together with a cultivar or Group epithet. The name may be written in a variety of equivalent ways.

Ex. 1. Fragaria 'Cambridge Favourite', Fragaria ananassa 'Cambridge Favourite' ...


Updated 11 January, 2012 ,