Help! Meaning of "cv"

James M. Shine, Jr. jshine at
Sun Oct 1 19:19:56 EST 1995

In article <1995Sep29.102406.6962 at tower>, BUFFALOS STOMP GATORS (jlsch at writes:
That is the point -- 'cultivar' does NOT only refer to plants that are
vegetatively propagated.
>In article <812372265snz at>, Piers Trehane <Piers at> writes:
>> In article <arkrause-2809951819090001 at>
>>            arkrause at "Alan" writes:
>Good grief piers,
>be careful with the use of the word most.  Many crops cultivars
>(for example many tree crops such as Citrus, Apple, Pear, etc.)
>are asexually propagated.  You sight corn for an example.  Most,
>if not all, commercial corn grown is from hybrid seed which would 
>not be a true cultivar.
>>>  stephen fitzgerald <stephenf at> wrote:
>>> > >I need to know what is the meaning of the abbreviation "cv" 
>>> > 
>>> > Cv is indeed Cultivars which is a new fangled word for 'Cultivated
>>> Varieties'. In >most countries there is a cultivar register. If the
>>> characteristic of the selection is >constant then the plant can be
>>> registered and even patented. It is not a 
>>> > recognised botanical group like 'species'.
>>> > 
>>> I believe it is also true that cultivars cannot be sexually propagated.
>>> Offspring are available by asexual propagation only, i.e. cuttings,
>>> layerings,etc.
>> You are absolutely wrong here Alan:  _most_ cultivars are raised from seed -
>> think about all the corn/rice/fodder/vegetable crops in the world.  They
>> are mostly sold as "varieties" - a term which in this sense, is exactly
>> equivalent to the word "cultivar".
>> In the US, a cultivar may only be patented if it is propagated vegetatively:
>> seed-raised cultivars have to have Plant Breeders' Rights attached if the
>> originator wants to earn cash from national/international sales of his new
>> cultivar.
>> OK ?
>> Piers
>> -- 
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