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OK… last season, I rebuilt all my bogs… now its time to re inventory my collection. Easy enough, however, Stewart McPherson and Donald Schnell did a taxonomic revamp of the genus in the their last book. In many cases formalizing forms we’ve already recognized in both the wild and cultivation. So in keeping with the rename, I need to revamp my coding.
So in this post, I’m going to look at my species coding system that I’m going to use as I redo my spreadsheet and tags. This by no means is the best system, but it works for me… and maybe some of you may find it of use for you.
Firstly, there is never enough room on a tag to put all the information you need, so, what I do, is put a code on the tag, and keep a spreadsheet of the codes and the information that particular plant. So lets build a new taxonomic coding system for my Sarracenia!
I start with a two letter State or Province Code. ON for Ontario, GA for Georgia or SC for South Carolina etc. Then I follow it by a taxonomic code. For instance PP for purpurea ssp purpurea or FC for flava var cuprea. Lastly a two digit number for that specific specimen, like 01, or 23.
So what would a code look like for a specimen of Sarracenia flava var ornata from Brunswick Co. North Carolina. NCFO01. If I had a second specimen from a different place, like Columbus Co. I would code it NCFO02. Then in my spreadsheet I’d have a corresponding entry for each code.
So where do these taxonomic codes come from. Well… I make ’em up! I went through the book and listed all the taxa and came up with a system to come up with a code. I wanted to keep all the codes to two letters, but that didn’t work in some cases, so some worked out to three. The first letter is always the species A for alata, F for flava etc. The second letter is for the ssp or var depending on the taxonomy. Lastly, a letter for forma where it exists. So lets try Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa var burkii f luteola from Liberty Co. FL. I’d get FLPBL01. Below is a list of all the taxa from Stew and Don’s book. My code on the left and the taxa on the right.
|AA||alata var alata|
|AT||alata var atrorubra|
|AC||alata var cuprea|
|AN||alata var nigropurpurea|
|AO||alata var ornata|
|AR||alata var rubrioperculata|
|AV||alata f viridescens|
|FA||flava var atropurpurea|
|FF||flava var flava|
|FR||flava var rugelii|
|FO||flava var ornata|
|FC||flava var cuprea|
|FB||flava var rubricorpora|
|FM||flava var maxima|
|FV||flava f viridescens|
|LL||leucophylla var leucophylla|
|LA||leucophylla var alba|
|LV||leucophylla f viridescens|
|MM||minor var minor|
|MMV||minor var minor f viridescens|
|MO||minor var okeefenensis|
|OO||oreophila var oreophila|
|OR||oreophila var ornata|
|PP||psittacina var psittacina|
|PPV||psittacina var psittacina f viridescens|
|PO||psittacina var okefenokeensis|
|POL||psittacina var okefenokeensis f. luteoviridis|
|PP||purpurea ssp purpurea|
|PPH||purpurea ssp purpurea f. heterophylla|
|PV||purpurea ssp venosa var venosa|
|PM||purpurea ssp venosa var montana|
|PVP||purpurea ssp venosa var venosa f. pallidiflora|
|PB||purpurea ssp venosa var burkii|
|PBL||purpurea ssp venosa var burkii f. luteola|
|RR||rubra ssp rubra|
|RA||rubra ssp alabamensis|
|RG||rubra ssp gulfensis|
|RGL||rubra ssp gulfensis f luteoviridis|
|RJ||rubra ssp jonesii|
|RJV||rubra ssp jonesii f viridescens|
|RW||rubra ssp wherryii|