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Basic specification
Visible name Species
Typical usage The species is the portion of the botanical name used as an adjective to more specifically describe the genus.

The word species is from the Latin word specere meaning "to look at", or later on the Latin word itself species, meaning "appearance or kind".  (This is remarkably similar to the Greek root facere or fic from which the English word specific is derived.  Specific has the similar meaning of precise, exact, or definite.

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

When a valid genus has been entered, pressing the drop-down button will list all possible species names for the genus. A shorter list of species names with similar spelling are displayed when the first few letters of the species are typed before the drop-down button is pressed.

Data entry view Identification view

Storage details
SQL name Species
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 Species.
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 species names, that is, everything is set to lowercase. If the BotanicalName is not imported at the same time, the BotanicalName is automatically reconstructed using this new species 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:Species>. 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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