Inter-generic hybrids
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Inter-generic hybrids are formally identified with a cross symbol prefixing their name. This symbol looks like a small letter x. Before the advent of UNICODE, this symbol was not present in most computer fonts, thus the common practice was to substitute the cross symbol for with the lower case letter x. This convention allows for easy entry of these names and has been adopted by The Compleat Botanica.

Note that the first letter of a species names is always capitalized (this is automatically done for you by the software). In the case of inter-generic hybrids the x is not considered to be the first letter.

See also

   Understanding how the botanical name spell-checker works

   All about family names

   Family name endings

   What are the rules for proper formatting of botanical names?

   The Uncertain taxonomy checkbox

   Spell-checker and formatting rules

Last reviewed March 25, 2004   

 

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