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A subvariety (Latin: subvarietas) in botanical nomenclature is a taxonomic rank. They are rarely used to classify organisms.

Plant taxonomy[edit]

Subvariety is ranked:

  • below that of variety (varietas)
  • above that of form (forma).

Subvariety is an infraspecific taxon.


Its name consists of three parts:

  1. a genus name (genera)
  2. a specific epithet (species)
  3. an infraspecific epithet (subvariety)

To indicate the subvariety rank, the abbreviation "subvar." is put before the infraspecific epithet.