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Basic specification
Visible name Variety
Typical usage The variety is the portion of the botanical name used to identify members of the same species that are distinct enough to warrant their own name.

When the botanical name is assembled for plants of a named variety they are preceded by the abbreviation "var."  This abbreviated is supplied automatically, you should not enter it yourself.

This same text area is used for a named subspecies.  To accomplish this, you must explicitly preface the subspecies name with the abbreviation "spp."

Visible display type The variety is displayed using a drop-down list.

The botanical name spell-checker is invoked when typing within the text area of this item. When both a valid genus and a valid species have been entered, pressing the drop-down button will list all varieties and subspecies for the pair.

Because new varieties are frequently introduced, it is quite common to find plant names that are not in the database.  You can simply ignore the red wavy proofreader's mark for this item if you're sure you've spelled the variety correctly -- it will disappear the next time this record is displayed.

Data entry view Identification view

Storage details
SQL name Variety
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 Variety.
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 variety 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 variety (or subspecies) 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:Variety>. 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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