variety (alt. varietas, abr. var.)


variety (alt. varietas, abr. var.)

The rank of taxa below subspecies but above forma; a plant which retains most of the characteristics of the species, but differs in some way such as flower or leaf color, size of mature plant, etc. A variety is added to the specific binomial and preceded by "var.," such as saxatilis in the epithet Juniperus communis var. saxatilis.


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