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1.Who was the father of plant nomenclature?

a) Charles Darwin

b) Carl Linnaeus

c) Alfred Einstein

c) Sir David Attenborough

2) Why are scientific names more useful than common names?

a) they are unique and recognised globally

b) they are easier to spell

c) they never change

d) they make you sound more intelligent

3) What does a binomial plant name consist of?

a) genus and variety

b) genus and cultivar

c) genus and species epithet

d) christian name and surname

4) Which of the following statements is true?

a) a cultivar is the result of selected crosses by plant breeders

b) a cultivar is a naturally occurIng variety of a plant species

c) a plant must always have a cultivar name

d) a cultivar is a garden tool

5) var. in the middle of a plant name means:

a) the plant is a subspecies

b) the plant is a cultivated variety

c) the plant is a naturally occurring variety

d) the plant’s goal is being reviewed by video

6) Which of the following is the correct way to write the name of the black cultivar of the garden hollyhock ?

a) Alcea rosea ’Nigra

b) Alcea Rosea ‘Nigra’

c) Alcea rosea var. nigra

d) Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’

7) Which of these is it permissible to use on its own?

a) a species epithet

b) a genus name

c) a variety name

d) a cultivar name

8) What does an x between the genus and species name indicate?

a) the plant’s origin isn’t known

b) the plant is a special form

c) the plant is a hybrid

d) the plant is dead

9) Why do plant names change from time to time?

a) to make them easier to pronounce

b) to refresh their brand

c) to respond to advances in plant science

d) to annoy gardeners

10) What are Plant Breeders’ Rights?

a) the right to breed plants

b) the right to charge royalties on cultivars produced

c) the right to collect seed from the wild

d) the right to wear odd clothes

Answers

  1. Who was the father of plant nomenclature?
    b) Carl Linnaeus 1707 – 1778
  2. Why are scientific names more useful than common names?
    a) they are unique and globally recognised
  3. What does a binomial plant name consist of?
    c) genus and species epithet
  4. Which of the following statements is true?
    a) a cultivar is the result of selected crosses by plant breeders
  5. var. in the middle of a plant name means:
    c) the plant is a naturally occurIng variety
  6. Which of the following is the correct way to write the name of black cultivar of the garden hollyhock ?
    d) Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’
  7. Which of these is it permissible to use on its own?
    b) a genus name
  8. What does an x between the genus and species name indicate?
    c) the plant is a hybrid
  9. Why do plant names change from time to time?
    c) to respond to advances in plant science
  10. What are Plant Breeders Rights?
    b) the right to charge royalties on cultivars produced

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We're three sisters who love gardening, plants and even the science of horticulture but we're not all experts. We'd love everyone even remotely interested in their gardens to be part of our blogsite.

2 replies on “Plant name quiz”

“the plant is dead” !! (an X in the name … ) Ha ha, good one. What a useful, marvelously simple explanation. Thanks so much for this!!

Thanks Caroline, well, it could be rather a dry subject, and it wouldn’t be 3Growbags post, if it didn’t have a giggle or two in it, would it! Glad you liked it and found it useful.

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