Plant variety

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Plant variety may refer to:

  • Variety (botany), a taxonomic nomenclature rank in botany, below subspecies, but above subvariety and form
  • Plant variety (law), a non-taxonomic, exclusively legal term applied to plants for which patent protection has been applied or to which it applies (taxonomic categorization of such a plant may, on a case by case basis, be any infraspecific rank, usually a cultivar or hybrid)
  • An informal and ambiguous substitute for form (botany), a taxonomic nomenclature rank in botany, below variety (botany) and subvariety but above subform
  • An older substitute for cultivar or hybrid (biology), now discouraged by the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. It is still used especially with regard to grapes and rice. The equivalent term "varietal", though not an official botany term, is also common in horticulture generally and is not as ambiguous.