Narcissus vs. Daffodils
Mon, 22 Mar 2004 18:55:49 PST
In a message dated 3/22/2004 3:31:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> Mary Sue, I think you'll find that standard usage for most purposes would
> be Narcissus Ambergate. Depending on the context, the Narcissus will be
> italicized or not, the Ambergate not italicized. Quotes are not used except
> for Latin form cultivar names (the quotes distinguish the Latin form
> cultivar names from proper botanical epithets).

If you were writing for publication, Jim, I believe most horticulture editors 
would put single quotes around the cultivar name (Narcissus 'Ambergate'). If 
the context made it clear that it was a daffodil, the genus name Narcissus 
would be superfluous and deleted. Or you might see N. 'Ambergate'. As editor of 
The Daffodil Journal for 7 years, I always put the single quotes around 
cultivar names in people's articles and photo captions, but since it was understood 
that all these were daffodils, the genus name was not used at all; e.g., Best 
in show was 'Triple Crown'.
Bill Lee

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