cultivar and variety: was Re: Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'

Peter Taggart
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:10:28 PST
Is a "cultivar" not defined as a named clonal form of a plant??  this is
what I take it to mean and I use the word often.
I describe Tomato "Shirley F1" as a *seed strain*. I describe "Iris aucheri
Snow Princess" as a cultivar, I also describe "Iris aucheri Snow White" as
a cultivar. I would describe white seedlings of Iris aucheri, including
these, as "Iris aucheri alba." I would describe a single random white
seedling of Iris aucheri as  "a clone of Iris aucheri alba".  It could only
become a "cultivar" after being named and described for features which
would make it distinct from other from other seedlings (clones) of "Iris
aucheri alba"
Is my use of these terms incorrect?
Peter (UK)

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