Series (botany)

In botany and plant taxonomy, a series is a subdivision of a genus, a taxonomic rank below that of section (and subsection) but above that of species.[1]

Sections and/or series are typically used to help organize very large genera, which may have hundreds of species.

Cultivar marketing

The term "series" is also used (in seed marketing) for groupings of cultivars, but this term has no formal status with that meaning in the ICNCP.[2]


  1. ^ Article 4 in McNeill, J.; Barrie, F.R.; Buck, W.R.; Demoulin, V.; Greuter, W.; Hawksworth, D.L.; Herendeen, P.S.; Knapp, S.; Marhold, K.; Prado, J.; Prud'homme Van Reine, W.F.; Smith, G.F.; Wiersema, J.H.; Turland, N.J. (2012). International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code) adopted by the Eighteenth International Botanical Congress Melbourne, Australia, July 2011. Regnum Vegetabile 154. A.R.G. Gantner Verlag KG. ISBN 978-3-87429-425-6.
  2. ^ Glossary in Brickell, C.D.; Alexander, C.; David, J.C.; Hetterscheid, W.L.A.; Leslie, A.C.; Malecot, V.; Jin, X.; Editorial committee; Cubey, J.J. (2009). International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP or Cultivated Plant Code) incorporating the Rules and Recommendations for naming plants in cultivation, Eighth Edition, Adopted by the International Union of Biological Sciences International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants (PDF). International Association for Plant Taxonomy and International Society for Horticultural Science.
Banksia ser. Crocinae

Banksia ser. Crocinae is a taxonomic series (botany) in the genus Banksia. It consists of four closely related species, all of which are endemic to Western Australia; namely B. prionotes (Acorn Banksia), B. burdettii (Burdett's Banksia), B. hookeriana (Hooker's Banksia) and B. victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia). The series was first published by Alex George in 1981, but discarded by Kevin Thiele and Pauline Ladiges in 1996, and finally reinstated by George in 1999. Recent cladistic analyses suggest that it is monophyletic or nearly so.

Bulbophyllum algidum

Bulbophyllum algidum is a species of orchid in the genus Bulbophyllum discovered in former British New Guinea by the Wollaston Expedition of 1912-1913, led by Sandy Wollaston. The specimen was discovered at a high altitude, between 10,500 and 12,500 feet.

Epithet (disambiguation)

An epithet is a name. In taxonomic nomenclature, it is a word or phrase (epithet) in the name of an organism. It can be:

Epithet may also refer to:

a specific epithet:

the second part of a species name in binomial nomenclature in any branch of biology

in botany, the second part of a botanical name

Specific epithet (zoology), also called the specific name, meaning the second part of the species name or binomen

a genus, epithet

a subgenus, epithet

in botanical nomenclature:

a Section (botany), epithet

a Series (botany), epithet

a variety (botany), epithet

a forma (botany), epithet

in horticulture:

a cultivar, epithet

a cultivar group epithet, for plants within a species that share characteristics

a grex (horticulture) epithet for cultivated orchids, according to their parentage

Glossary of scientific naming

This is a list of terms and symbols used in scientific names for organisms, and in describing the names. For proper parts of the names themselves, see glossary of scientific names. Note that many of the abbreviations are used with or without a stop.

Linnean Society of London

The Linnean Society of London is a society dedicated to the study of, and the dissemination of information concerning, natural history, evolution, and taxonomy. It possesses several important biological specimen, manuscript and literature collections and publishes academic journals and books on plant and animal biology. The society also awards a number of prestigious medals and prizes for achievement.

A product of the 18th-century enlightenment, the society is historically important as the venue for the first public presentation of the Theory of Evolution.

The patron of the society is Queen Elizabeth II. Honorary members include: Emeritus Emperor Akihito of Japan, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, both of whom have active interests in natural history, and the eminent naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

Margaret Jane Benson

Margaret Jane Benson (20 October 1859 – 20 June 1936) was an English botanist specialising in paleobotany, and one of the first female members of the Linnean Society of London. Most of her career was spent as the head of the Department of Botany at Royal Holloway College, University of London from 1893 to 1922. In 1927, a botanical laboratory was dedicated in her name. She travelled extensively with Ethel Sargant, collecting specimens, laboratory equipment, and meeting other botanists around the world. Her students included Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan, Theodora Lisle Prankerd and Nesta Ferguson.

Micky Allan

Micky Allan (born 1944) is an Australian photographer and artist whose work covers paintings, drawings, engraved glass overlays, installations and photography. Allan has become an influential public speaker and has been invited to be a part of many discussions on feminist politics and present a number of speeches held in galleries across Australia about art photography during the 1970s.

Phillipsia subpurpurea

Phillipsia subpurpurea is a species of fungus in the family Sarcoscyphaceae. It is found in Australia where it grows as a saprophyte on wood. The fungus was first described scientifically by English mycologists Miles Joseph Berkeley and Christopher Edmund Broome. Its cup-shaped fruit bodies lack stipes and have purplish interior surfaces.

Winifred Smith

Winifred Smith (1858–1925) was an English botanist and educationist. She became a lecturer in the botany department at University College, London and took a leading role in supporting women students.


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