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PlantFiles How-to's: Accepted abbreviations for subspecies, varieties and forms

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Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


November 18, 2005
1:16 PM

Post #1882131

The PlantFiles administrators and I have been working with Dave to standardize all PlantFiles entries with the following abbreviations:

variety = var.
subspecies = subsp.
forma = f.

If you're formatting an entry, please be sure you use these abbreviations. I occasionally spot a new entry slipped in with "v." or "var" for variety, and "ssp." for subspecies. Unfortunately those small differences can create duplicate entries, since the system is looking for an exact match.)

Any questions, comments suggestions? Are there any other abbreviations we should look at standardizing?
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


November 19, 2005
7:14 PM

Post #1884322

Thanks, Terry. That's very helpful. Trying to keep the entries in the same language makes search so much easier.
TuttiFrutti
Spokane Valley, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 19, 2005
10:08 PM

Post #1884485

This would be a nice note to include alongside the entry boxes (for family, genus, species, etc.) on the "Add a New Plant" page, and updated as the list evolves.

It could also help all of us "nip it in the bud", so to speak, in using the standard terminology for PlantFiles rather than other similar terminology provided on a plant label or in a reference book. ;-)

But then, I'll imagine you've already thought of that!
Donna
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2006
11:57 PM

Post #2590656

Would it be possible to "sticky" this message? I don't usually have anything fancier than a simple genus/species/cultivar to add, but this once I did and I had to go searching for this message so that I could make sure I entered it correctly (luckily I remembered there was such a message--I'm sure many people who don't know this thread exists probably put stuff in all the time without knowing what the rules are).
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 6, 2006
12:04 AM

Post #2590667

Thanks Terry, I have been through BugFiles and made the appropriate changes (3 ssp. changed to subsp.).

One more abbreviation is just sp. for a species identified down to genus only. I am accepting this in the BugFiles, are there also examples in PlantFiles?

Ken

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


August 6, 2006
1:11 AM

Post #2590814

Ken, we stopped accept "sp." entries a few years ago...it was a transition we made when PlantFiles became large enough that most genera had several species or cultivar entries listed, we began phasing them out. (They still crop up in a new entry every now and then, and there may be some stragglers lurking in there ;o)
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 6, 2006
1:14 AM

Post #2590824

Terry, thanks for "sticky-ing"!
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 6, 2006
1:24 AM

Post #2590860

Thanks Terry. I think sp. is nevertheless acceptable for BugFiles, because the identification problems are even greater than for plants and it is instructive to have the images available when they can be identified at least as far as genus,

Ken

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


August 6, 2006
2:07 AM

Post #2591016

ecrane, you're very welcome. Ken, I agree with your approach. At some point, you may find BugFiles needs to be "pruned" of those "sp." entries as well, but then again, maybe not. As you said, getting insect ID's can prove more difficult than plant ID's.
Veshengo
Faversham
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

August 23, 2006
4:29 PM

Post #2651696

I have always used the following in my research: variety = var. subspecies = ssp. forma = fo.

I do a lot of cut/copy and paste. I apologies if any have slipped through and will double check all my postings in future.


Steve


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