cultivar versus cultigen

Jay Bernstein (jbernst@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 9 Aug 1996 23:18:40 GMT

I have been asked to explain the difference between a cultivar and a
cultigen (I used both terms in a paper). Improvising, I said : "A cultigen
is a plant for which a wild ancestor is unknown, while a cultivar is a
cultivated plant."

What does the anthropological community of anthro-l subscribers say?

Jay Bernstein