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An organism, especially a cultivated plant, such as a banana, not known to have a wild or uncultivated counterpart.


(Horticulture) a species of plant that is known only as a cultivated form and did not originate from a wild type
[C20: from culti(vated) + -gen]


(ˈkʌl tɪ dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn)

a cultivated plant of unknown or obscure taxonomic origin.
[1920–25; culti (vated) + -gen]
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The international code of botanical nomenclature (ICBN), the international code of nomenclature for cultivated plants (ICNCP), and the cultigen.
Radish can now be found as a cultigen throughout the world in many different forms, from small leafy annuals to biennials with large fleshy roots.
Ina similar vein, Koba Jawa's adherence to a distinctive clan nursing recipe (Soya bean and maize) may be explained by its connection with the clan's name ('Soya vines') anda clan plant taboo, as well as the clan's singular status as the only group named after an edible cultigen.
Salvia is a cultigen, that is to say it does not seed and is cultivated through branches of an existing plant (Valdes et.
Reinterpreting its symbolic and mythological value, Llosa links the iconography of the stone stelae to corn, the principal cultigen of formative American cultures.
The Native American agricultural legacy is more than a few hardy, tasty cultigen waiting to be 'cleaned up' genetically for consumers and then commercialized as novelty foods," he writes in Enduring Seeds (1989, Northpoint Press).
The evolutionary position of onion can be described merely by the soybean model [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 4 OMITTED]: It is a cultigen, presumably domesticated from its close relative A.
Betel nut chewing was evident on 100 per cent of the antemolar dentition (excluding juveniles who are rarely known to chew) as evidenced by reddish-black stains on the teeth, indicating that this was an important cultigen and habitual practice for both sexes (Fitzpatrick et al.
This is about 1200 years before the first evidence for the arrival of maize cultigens and over 2000 years before maize became an important dietary staple (Hart et al.
Interestingly, the researchers found a "nine-fold increase in total carotenoids provided within orange-red and yellow-orange colored cultigens versus yellow colored cultigens.
However, the cultivation of padi (Oryza sativa) and other cultigens such as maize, tubers, vegetables, and fruit trees in swiddens (uma) is central to their diet.
In later stages, human alteration of the landscape is clearly detectable due to the virtual explosion of cultigens, especially during the last 3 ka.