International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants
|Editors||Christopher D. Brickell, Crinan Alexander, Janet J. Cubey, John C. David, Marco H.A. Hoffman, Alan C. Leslie, Valéry Malécot, Xiaobai Jin, et al.|
|Subject||Cultivated plant taxonomy|
|Published||International Society for Horticultural Science (June 2016)|
|ISBN||978-94-6261-116-0 (9th ed.)|
|Preceded by||8th edition (October 2009)|
The International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP), also known as the Cultivated Plant Code, is a guide to the rules and regulations for naming cultigens, plants whose origin or selection is primarily due to intentional human activity.
Taxa that receive a name under the ICNCP will also be included within taxa named under the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants, for example, a cultivar is a member of a species.
Main article: Cultivated plant taxonomy
The first edition of the ICNCP, which was agreed in 1952 in Wageningen and published in 1953, has been followed by seven subsequent editions – in 1958 (Utrecht), 1961 (update of 1958), 1969 (Edinburgh), 1980 (Seattle), 1995 (Edinburgh), 2004 (Toronto) and 2009 (Wageningen).
The ninth (most recent) edition was published in 2016 (Beijing).
William Stearn has outlined the origins of ICNCP, tracing it back to the International Horticultural Congress of Brussels in 1864, when a letter from Alphonse de Candolle to Edouard Morren was tabled.
This set out de Candolle's view that Latin names should be reserved for species and varieties found in the wild, with non-Latin or "fancy" names used for garden forms.
Karl Koch supported this position at the 1865 International Botanical and Horticultural Congress and at the 1866 International Botanical Congress, where he suggested that future congresses should deal with nomenclatural matters.
De Candolle, who had a legal background, drew up the Lois de la Nomenclature botanique (rules of botanical nomenclature).
When adopted by the International Botanical Congress of Paris in 1867, this became the first version of today's International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN).
Article 40 of the Lois de la Nomenclature botanique dealt with the names of plants of horticultural origin:
This Article survived redrafting of the International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature until 1935 and its core sentiments remain in the present-day ICNCP of 2009.
The first version (1953) was published by the Royal Horticultural Society as a 29-page booklet, edited by William Stearn.
Following the structure of the Botanical Code, the ICNCP is set out in the form of an initial set of Principles followed by Rules and Recommendations that are subdivided into Articles.
Amendments to the ICNCP are prompted by international symposia for cultivated plant taxonomy which allow for rulings made by the International Commission on the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants.
Each new version includes a summary of the changes made to the previous version; the changes have also been summarised for the period 1953 to 1995.
The ICNCP operates within the framework of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants which regulates the scientific names of plants.
The following are some examples of names governed by the ICNCP:
- Clematis alpina 'Ruby': a cultivar within a species; the cultivar epithet is in single quotes and capitalized.
- Magnolia 'Elizabeth': a selected clone (cultivar) among a pool of hybrid between two species, Magnolia acuminata (cucumbertree) and Magnolia denudata (Yulan magnolia).
- Rhododendron boothii Mishmiense Group: a cultivar group name; both the name of the cultivar group and the word "Group" are capitalized and not enclosed in quotes.
- Paphiopedilum Maudiae 'The Queen': a combination of grex name and cultivar name; the name of the grex is capitalized, and may be followed by a clonal (cultivar) name such as 'The Queen' in this case. Paphiopedilum Maudiae is a hybrid between Paphiopedilum callosum and Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum. 'The Queen' is a selected clone (cultivar).
- Apple 'Jonathan': permitted use of an unambiguous common name with a cultivar epithet.
- +Crataegomespilus: a graft-chimera of Crataegus and Mespilus
Note that the ICNCP does not regulate trademarks for plants: trademarks are regulated by the law of the land involved.
Nor does the ICNCP regulate the naming of plant varieties in the legal sense of that term.
Many plants have "selling names" or "marketing names" as well as a cultivar name; the ICNCP refers to these as "trade designations".
Only the cultivar name is governed by the ICNCP.
It is required to be unique; in accordance with the principle of priority, it will be the first name that is published or that is registered by the discoverer or breeder of the cultivar.
Trade designations are not regulated by the ICNCP; they may be different in different countries.
Thus the German rose breeder Reimer Kordes registered a white rose in 1958 as the cultivar 'KORbin'.
Trade designations are not enclosed in single quotes.
The ICNCP states that "trade designations must always be distinguished typographically from cultivar, Group and grex epithets."
It uses small capitals for this purpose, thus Syringa vulgaris Ludwig Spaeth (trade designation) is distinguished from S. vulgaris 'Andenken an Ludwig Späth' (cultivar name).
Other sources, including the Royal Horticultural Society, instead use a different font for selling names, e.g. Rosa Iceberg 'KORbin'.
- Cultivated plant taxonomy
- International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants
- International Cultivar Registration Authority
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