Last updated: November 22, 2021

What Does Variety Mean?

A variety in the plant world refers to a specific, individual identity within a larger plant family or species. A botanical name includes both the larger family or genus name and the individual variety within the genus.

Knowing the individual variety within a larger plant family group helps people identify the specific plant they are referring to.


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For example, in the name cornus sericea, cornus is the family or genus identity for dogwood and sericea is the individual identifying variety of the common red twig.

With an exception to species like sorbia sorbifolia, which is the sole variety of its species, most plants and animals are specific members of a species and as such are identified by their specific variety.

This is particularly important in agribusiness where things like corn are grown. Corn is the larger family identifier, but there are also hundreds of specific varieties of corn, which are more suited and organized for their specific growth habits or traits.

When it comes to cannabis, variety can refer to the many types of strains that are available and are being created. Most varieties are developed to enhance certain characteristics. Some plants have been developed to boast ample tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other feature high levels of cannabidiol (CBD).

Cannabis plants usually fall under two species, either sativa or indica. There is a third, less common, species known as ruderalis. From the species base, a wide variety of strains have been created.


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