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How to give an official name to a variant of orchid?

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    Hi,

    Recently, I managed to stumble upon a variant of Phalaenopsis speciosa which is deep purple in coloration. I want to name it as Phalaenopsis speciosa 'XXX' but my question is how to make the variant name official? Since we have the RHS to register hybrids, is there a place to register variants?

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    Vincent, varietal names are given by taxonomists, and are not put in hash marks. I think you are referring to clonal or cultivar names which are assigned by the owner of the plant to identify it, and its vegetative propagations. They are required for awarded plants, but should also be assigned to any plant used for breeding or with special characteristics, such as yours. They don't get registered unless the plant is awarded and then you register it with the awarding orchid society.

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    If I may be so bold as to try and simplify Ron's reply:

    You name it. There - it's official.

    All asexual reproductions of your plant - meristematic clones, keikies, etc. - should carry that cultivar name with it.

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    That means that I can give it a name and send it in for competition in my local orchid society?

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    Yes, you can give any cultivar designation you want, and use that designation when you enter it competition. There are actually some rules about proper cultivar names, but if you stick to a modern language or a person's name, something pronouncable, and don't include any numbers or symbols you'll be fine. You should also be reasonably certain that your plant is from a seedling, not a clone or division or something that already has a cultivar name, before giving it a cultivar name.

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    Mine is a color variation from some other Phalaenopsis speciosa. Why not take a look and help me see if its possible to name it as such.


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    That's a very beautiful and unique speciosum and deserves a varietal name and you don't even have to register it. Why not send it in for award judging and then the name will be duly registered when awarded. Why not name it 'Vincent's Purple' ?

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    Hey Yew,

    I will be feeding the plant nicely and send it in for judging again. The first time I sent in, the plant just recovered from some leaf rot.

    I named the it against the class that I taught last year. They called themselves 'Randomly Purple', so the name sticks.

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