ssb. or subsp.?

Piers Trehane piers at
Wed Apr 9 05:27:51 EST 1997

In article <01bc4368$704103a0$dae24cc3 at santos>, Santos Serrano
<santo at> writes
>What is the correct form to write?
>ssb. or subsp.?
>For example:
>       Digitalis lutea subsp. lutea
>or     Digitalis lutea ssp. lutea
>               Thank you.

There is no "correct" way - either way will do, its just a matter of
editorial style.
IMHO, using subsp. although 2 characters longer, is more logical to the
human eye.

Piers Trehane
Rapporteur, Interenational Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants

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