autonymy hierarchy

Susan Farmer sfarmer at SABRE.GOLDSWORD.COM
Tue Jul 8 11:36:29 CDT 1997

>The discussion on autonymy hierarchy raises a related albeit slightly
>different point. My question is that if the publication of an infraspecific
>name automatically causes the creation of an autonym of the same rank and
>priority, which one has priority? For example, suppose I publish the name
>Planta hypothetica var. alba in 1997. This automatically causes the
>creation of the variety Planta hypothetica var. hypothetica. Suppose in
>1998 someone desides that the entire species should be considered a
>variety of Planta rubra. Does this become Planta rubra var. hypothetica
>or Planta rubra var. alba?

My understanding is that it becomes Planta rubra var. hypothetica because it
was explicitly named.  var. alba came into being "autonymically."  My
understnading that when an autonym is created in this fashion, that
autonymic names of all intermediate ranks are also created.

Susan Farmer
sfarmer at

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