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Slang/Shorthand "Orchid Speak" -- or "What on Earth does this term mean?"

This is a discussion on Slang/Shorthand "Orchid Speak" -- or "What on Earth does this term mean?" within the General Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Nice going Paul. cheers, BD...

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    Nice going Paul.

    cheers,
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    Hhehe I also liked the new christening of UFO LOL !

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    I love this idea. I really could have used this at the beginning.

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    CMV=cymbidium mosaic virus
    TMV=tobacco mosaic virus
    ORSV=odontoglossum(?) ringspot virus

    Of course, it would be preferable if we didn't need to be aware of these. And I suppose the names are subject to change at any moment considering that what we now call a cymbidium may be called an (absurdlydifficulttopronouncewhoosywhatsy) tomorrow!
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    Great info!
    Beep: U-F-O : Beep Beep...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    CMV=cymbidium mosaic virus
    TMV=tobacco mosaic virus
    ORSV=odontoglossum(?) ringspot virus[/i][/size]
    Excellant Jason! I knew there had to be others I had missed. I'll have to email BD and see if he can add them in as I no longer have editing capability with that post (too much time has passed).

    Even though it isn't slang, I was recently thinking that including that the plural of genus is genera since that is so commonly mistaken.


    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    And I suppose the names are subject to change at any moment considering that what we now call a cymbidium may be called an (absurdlydifficulttopronouncewhoosywhatsy) tomorrow![/i][/size]
    At this point I have ceased to care what the orchid taxonomist twits & KEW say or do. When the bozos show some intelligence and finally settle on new naming -- rather than tossing new names out left & right only to change them again shortly after -- then I will look at the new nomenclature. I'm too disgusted with the idiots at this point.

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    Slight correction: CFL = compact fluorescent lamp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Saar View Post
    Slight correction: CFL = compact fluorescent lamp
    Thanks Michael! Since many ?most? types are coiled, I think I just had "coiled" on the brain.

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    Updated table:

    Slang term Meaning
    AM Award of Merit
    AOS American Orchid Society
    BS blooming size
    cane pb of dens which tend to be tall/long/canelike
    CCM Certificate of Cultural Merit
    cfl compact fluorescent light
    CHC coconut husk chips
    chid orchid
    CMV cymbidium mosaic virus
    coir medium made up of coconut fibers
    FCC First Class Certificate
    genera not a slang term but rather the correct plural of genus (there is no such word as "genuses" )
    G/H or gh greenhouse
    HCC Highly Commended Certificate
    keiki properly pronounced KAY-kee; a small plantlet formed on the "mother" plant; a form of asexual reproduction
    LECA lightweight expanded clay aggregate (sold under brand names Hydroton, Aliflor, etc.)
    mealies mealybugs (insect pest covered w/ a white cottony substance)
    NBS near blooming size
    Noid or NOID no ID
    ORSV odontoglossum ringspot virus
    pb pseudobulb
    RH or R/H relative humidity
    RO reverse osmosis (a method of water purification)
    s/h or SH semihydroponic (a method of orchid culture)
    sheath a leaflike "envelop" through which flower buds emerge; common with cattleyas
    sphag sphagnum moss
    spike the flower stalk of an orchid
    TMV tobacco mosaic virus
    var. variety/variant (indicates a different, naturally occurring color variation of a species)
    Common Shorthand for Particular Orchid Genera
    asco ascocentrum
    bulbo bulbophyllum
    bulldog paph hybrids w/ large, round heavy-substance large-dorsal sepal flowers (aka complex hybrids)
    catt cattleya
    cym cymbidium
    den dendrobium
    drac dracula
    enc encyclia
    epi epidendrum
    hard cane dens dens typically with harder, thinner canes; these form long spikes with many flowers at the top of the cane
    masdie masdevallia
    onc oncidium
    paph paphiopedilum
    phal phalanopsis
    phrag phragmipedium
    pleuro pleurothallid
    soft cane den
    (nobile type)
    dens w/ typically thicker, softer (almost succulent like) canes; these form clusters of flowers (often of 1-3 in #) on very short spikes &/or keikis at the nodes along the cane
    UFO unidentified flowering orchid (a nontraditional equivalent to NOID that some folks favor as an amusing alternative to NOID)


    Keep the changes and additions coming folks.
    Last edited by pavel; February 18th, 2012 at 11:37 AM.

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