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Basic specification
Visible name Genus
Typical usage The word genus is from the Greek meaning race or kind. It forms the root of the English word generic, thus it is the portion of the botanical name that is non-specific.
Visible display type The genus is displayed using a drop-down list. The botanical name spell-checker is invoked when typing within the text area of this item. Alternative genus names with similar spelling are displayed when the drop-down button is pressed; however, this feature is only invoked when at least the first letter of the name is entered.
Data entry view Identification view

Storage details
SQL name Genus
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 Genus.
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 genus names: the first letter is capitalized and all subsequent letters are set to lowercase. If the BotanicalName is not imported at the same time, the BotanicalName is automatically reconstructed using this new genus value together with the three other constituent parts.
XML file ditto
Export Delimited file Exported as it's stored without changes of any kind.
XML file ditto

Publication templates

The replacement tag is <cb:Genus>. 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.
off Replace this tag with nothing.


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Last reviewed March 25, 2004   


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