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Old March 18th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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When a subspecies has varieties .......

..... what is the naming convention? Here is info taken from the CBIF website. I would have though that the scientific name for a variety of a subspecies should reflect that
eg Sambucus racemosa ssp pubens var arborescens.

Subspecies Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens
- 5 records modified since 26-April -2011
- contains 5 accepted taxa ( 5 verified - standards met)

- down one level
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Variety Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens
Variety Sambucus racemosa var. leucocarpa
Variety Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa
Variety Sambucus racemosa var. microbotrys
Variety Sambucus racemosa var. pubens
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Old March 18th, 2012, 09:50 PM
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Re: When a subspecies has varieties .......

You can read this discussion on Wikipedia, which I think addresses the issue you are hinting at.

In brief, quadrinomials can be shared to give classifications, but only trinomials are accepted as names according to ICBN 24.1.
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