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Basic specification
Visible name Family
Typical usage The family name is the artificial grouping used by botanists to group plants with similar characteristics together.  Whereas species within a genus have the ability to cross pollinate, no such scientific certainty can be placed upon family names.  Thus different botanists use similar but sometimes conflicting family assignments.

When a new record is created the family name is automatically filled in by the software.

Some plants are also placed in a tribe which hierarchically falls between the ranks of genus and family.  Tribal assignments can be seen in the taxonomic checklist.

Visible display type The family is displayed using a drop-down list. The botanical name spell-checker is invoked when typing within the text area of this item.

A short list of similarly spelled names is available after you've typed at least one letter.

Data entry view Identification view

Storage details
SQL name Family
Storage type A text value up to 30 characters in length.

Import / export notes

When importing and exporting the column name for this item is Family.
When importing with the Merge option, the existing value of this item will be completely overwritten by the value specified in the input file.
Action File type Notes
Import Delimited file This name is automatically formatted with the rules for family names, that is, everything is set to uppercase.

The appearance of -ACE� and -ACEAE at the end of the name is ignored, as family names are always stored internally with the ending -ACEAE.

If this column does not appear in an import file, the family name is automatically supplied by the software when a new record is created.

XML file ditto
Export Delimited file Exported with the ending -ACE� or -ACEAE depending on the current customization rules in effect.
XML file When � is the current customization rule the name is output with the XML value Æ

Publication templates

The replacement tag is <cb:Family>. The possible attributes for this tag are shown below. Values marked with an asterisk are used by default.
Attribute Possible values Notes
text on * Show this name as it's stored.  The ending -ACE� is never used in HTML publications, only -ACEAE is used.
off Replace this tag with nothing.


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Last reviewed March 25, 2004   


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