Submitted to: Acta Horticulturae
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: May 2, 2004
Publication Date: June 4, 2004
Citation: Brickell, C.D., Baum, B.R., Hetterscheid, W.A., Leslie, A.C., McNeill, J., Trehane, P., Vrugtman, F., Wiersema, J.H. 2004. International code of cultivated plant nomenclature. Acta Horticulturae 1-123 p.
Interpretive Summary: Accurate scientific names of plants are essential for communication about them including international exchange and trade of plant germplasm. This is especially true for cultivated plants for which the nomenclature can be exceedingly complicated due to hybridization and breeding of special cultivars. Until recently guidelines for naming cultivated plants did not exist, thus the names followed the rules of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature that is aimed at non-cultivated plants. In the past ten years a group of botanists concerned with cultivated plants has developed rules to govern the scientific names applied to cultivated plants. These rules will be used by horticulturalists to ensure consistency and stability in the naming of cultivated plants.
The new (7th) edition of the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants incorporates the rules and recommendations for naming plants in cultivation adopted by the IUBS Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants. It provides for two principal categories of names for cultivated plants, the cultivar and the group, and gives detailed rules for the naming of both. As well as presenting the international rules for naming plants in cultivation, the Code also contains considerable ancillary information such as lists of special denomination classes, International Cultivar Registration Authorities (ICRAs), statutory registration authorities, and herbaria maintaining specimens that act as nomenclatural standards, together with a comprehensive glossary of terms used in nomenclature.