used in the scientific naming of plants to denote a
naturally occurring, distinguishable variant within
A variety name is written in italics, normally does
not start with a capital letter, and is preceded by "var." (for varietas),
e.g. Hemerocallis fulva var. rosea.
variety is sometimes loosely substituted for the
term cultivar by writers,
however a cultivar differs in that it is a group
of uniform plants maintained only by horticultural
practices. A cultivar can be differentiated from
a variety in plant names by the initial letters of
the main words being capitalized, by not being italicized,
and by being enclosed within single quotes, e.g.