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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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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.
With one exception, components of galactogenic foods are plants, and most are cultigens.
The Pharmacologic, Ecologic and Social Implication of Using Non cultigens.
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.
The term "crop plant" will be used throughout this article as a more general term to include all cultigens.
West Africa, however, presents distinctive characteristics, especially in terms of its cultigens, far removed from the modes and timing of the North African examples.
In stark contrast to this regional pattern, contemporary plant and animal remains from Sitel2Fr336 exhibit continued reliance on a mixed subsistence base emphasizing indigenous cultigens, with only sporadic use of maize, augmented by a traditional pattern of faunal exploitation.
in Journal of Archaeological Science, 2006) and taro and sweet potato micro-fossils from Pitcairn Island (southeast Polynesia) (Horrocks and Weisler, in Pacific Science, 2006a, in Journal of Archaeological Science, 2006b), indicating that micro-fossil research has utility for researching economically important cultigens in certain Oceanic contexts.
1999 The agronomy of memory and the memory of agronomy: ritual conservation of archaic cultigens in contemporary farming systems.
Yet in Structure 12M-3 the presence of a high diversity of resources, particularly those recognised as food cultigens, along with high incidences of fuel woods, are consistent with an area of food preparation.