Aroid Cultivar Wiki
About the Aroid Cultivar Wiki
The International Aroid Society is the official registrar for the Araceae, with the exception of Calla L. & Zantedeschia. Click here for a list of genera. Dr. Derek Burch remains reluctantly in charge of the cultivar registration effort.
The Aroid Cultivar Wiki is provided as a tool for the Aroid community to document Aroid cultivars of any and all Aroid genera. Here you will find descriptions, photographs and discussion of known cultivars, both those officially registered and those many which remain unpublished.
How to Add a Cultivar
Register to Edit the Wiki
Registration and approval is necessary to add to this wiki, though anyone may browse the entries. Officially recognized cultivar entries are frozen, while those which are still in the process of being recognized are open for additional information to be added.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an account with edit privileges. Include your desired user name.
Don't Want to Register?
You can also just email me the names you'd like to have added to the list, with as much information as possible about the cultivar, including any photos, origin information, etc.
Instructions For Adding or Modifying an Entry
You may need to know a little bit of Wiki markup language to edit a page, but generally it's pretty straightforward, and anyone should be able to have a go at it.
If you need to ADD a name that's not already there, edit the Genus page to add the name in its proper alphabetic place on the list. The name should be on a separate line, have an asterisk at the front, and be surrounded by double brackets like this:
After you have made your changes, click the "Save Page" button at the bottom of the page.
Once you have added the name, or if the name is already there, you can simply click on the name to generate an entry for that cultivar. If nothing was there before, the page will be pre-populated with a set of headings and questions that you will want to answer in order to document the cultivar fully. Please remove all questions and any unused headings before you submit the page for publication.
The Cultivar List
Named cultivars are documented here from the following genera ( so far ). Click on any genus to see the cultivars. Please see the aroid.org genera pages for a complete list of genera.
About Cultivars and Registration
What is Registration?
Registering a cultivar simply means giving the name and other information to the ICRA ( International Cultivar Registration Authority - in this case, the IAS ) so that the name can be recorded to help ensure that the name is internationally recognized forever. Additional information about the cultivar and its source is very helpful, but not strictly required.
Registering your cultivar is a quick and easy process, and will help ensure that nobody else is using the same name for a different plant. Aside from helping out the horticultural community by making it clear what a cultivar name refers to, registration can help advertise your business as the originator or namer of an unique plant.
How to Name a Cultivar
Basically, a cultivar name mus be both registered and fixed in order to be properly reserved.
A name is registered by entering it into this wiki, along with other information, thus recording it with the IAS.
A name is then fixed when it is published is a periodical, book or paper catalog form that can be stored in a library. If you publish a paper catalog or put the name in a magazine article, that is considered sufficient. The IAS will endeavor to periodically publish on paper any new cultivars registered with us which have not previously been properly fixed.
Selecting a proper name for your cultivar is simple, but there are a number of rules to be aware of. Basically, the name will start with the Genus and sometimes species of the cultivar, followed by an epithet in single quotation marks. This epithet should not be in Latin or Latinized, and should not be a common name. Please see the useful essay on cultivar naming here for more details and some less commonly concerning rules.
What are all these Acronyms?
The ISHS or International Society for Horticultural Science adminsters a group of ICRAs or International Cultivar Registration Authorities of which the IAS or International Aroid Society is one of. We register cultivar names under a procol defined in the ICNCP or International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants.