new Names for Geranium and Erodium
now and then, gardeners and nurserymen will create or find a new plant. These
may be seedlings from a garden, deliberate crosses or particular selections from
a species. The term for such plants
is “cultivar”, which is derived from the terms “cultivated variety”.
Often the finder or breeder will want to give a name to such a plant and
this section shows how to go about this task for Geranium
and Erodium cultivars.
aim is to help individuals and nurseries to properly name such cultivars in line
with the “Cultivated Code”, an internationally accepted set of rules which
exist for this purpose. These ensure
that all names are properly registered, avoiding duplications and making sure
that a name can be tied to a plant via a description that is available to all
co-ordinator for this task is known as the International
Cultivar Registrar for Geranium and Erodium, under the aegis of the
Geraniaceae Group. He publishes a
Register of names which is the accepted bible for the two genera.
There is no charge made for the registration of cultivars.
Cultivated Code lays down detailed rules concerning the formation of names.
These include that the name must be unique, that the cultivar should have
one or more distinguishing characteristics and that it should be described and
the details published. Latinate
names may not be used as they cause confusion with botanical naming.
If you are interested in registering a new cultivar name, please complete a copy of the form and send it to the Registrar. Only a brief description of the plant is required at this stage. The Registrar will be pleased to arrange for the full description to be formally drafted and published later if necessary.
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