Nomenclature of Leucojum 'Gravetye Giant' was: Re: NOT - Leucojum aestivum cvs.?

Jim McKenney
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:00:25 PDT
The name 'Gravetye Giant' has been used in recent posts relating to the large-flowered form of Leucojum aestivum

Older references give the name as 'Gravetye var.'

I assume that these are the same plant, but why was the name changed? Is the reason that the original name included the word 'var', which invites confusion with the rank varietas of formal botanical taxomomy? And if so, does anyone know who made the change and when was it deemed official?

Jim McKenney

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