[Taxacom] conv. or convar.

Capers, Robert robert.capers at uconn.edu
Fri Feb 12 20:59:48 CST 2010

An anthropology professor here at UConn is looking for information on the meaning of the abbreviation "conv." as in Triticum turgidum L. subsp. turgidum convar. durum (Desf.) MacKey. It apparently refers to particular tetraploid land races of wheat. The appreviation "conv." doesn't appear in the ICBN or Taxonomic Literature but is apparently a variant of "convar." which also refers to land races of cultivated plants, as in zucchini (Cucurbita pepo convar. giromontiina), cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. convar. capitata (L.) Alef.) and an Italian landrace of flint maize (Zea mays L. convar. mays). It's something like a cultigen or a cultvar, only different. Does anyone know what "conv." or "convar." means?


Bob Capers

I have just come across a species called T. turgidum conv. durum. Do you know what conv. stands for? I can’t find this abbreviation anywhere! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
All the best,
Alexia Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Connecticut
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