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Species and hybrids???

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    Default Species and hybrids???

    Would someone explain the difference between species and hybrids? I've read some articles that are so involved that I'm not sure what I've read by the time I get to the end.

    Is there a somewhat simple explanation to help beginners differentiate between plants? Thanks.

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    Species are distinct plants that occur in nature out in the wild and were not the result of human breeding. Hybrids are mostly man-made (though there are some naturally occuring) crosses between naturally occurring species. A hybrid made with 2 species is called a primary hybrid. When you start crossing hybrids with each other and with species you get complex hybrids. That's probably somewhat of an oversimplification, but hope it clarifies some.

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    Choose species!! 'nuff said :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by siaogu View Post
    Choose species!! 'nuff said :P
    Though I do have a few sentimental hybrids from the early days .

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    I like both..but maybe I am just new. So, I will bite...for those who say "species"...why species over hybrids?

    Kathi

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    Cewal,
    Susan gave you a good answer as to whats a specie and a hybrid.

    Kathi
    Im more of a specie person myself, but that doesnt mean that I hate hybrids.
    And if I have to make a choice between species and hybrids, I would probably
    pick species 90% of the time, why? because I prefer to enjoy things as nature
    has intended to. Of course hybrids are good too.... hybrid vigor can go a long
    way... frequent flowering, easier to care for, much more tolarant of conditions
    etc etc, of course it may not always be the case.

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    I would choose species 90% of the time. I will only buy a hybrid if it retains most of the true form. Some phalaenopsis has so many crosses that they have lose all their original form. This is also why I like Bulbophyllum better than other genus as they generally has less hybrids.

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    Hi Cewal, to tell the difference between species and hybrids when you select your orchids; this might be of some help. The genus name is always capitalised while the name of species is always in the lower case; thus Vanda tessellata, a specie of the genus Vanda.Hybrids on the other hand have both the genus and hybrid name capitalised - thus Vanda Robert's Delight.

    As to difference between species and hybrids Susan has explained it very well.

    Orchid growers are a passionate lot and hold very strong views especially on their preferences for species or hybrids.I have grown orchids for about 50 years and and at the moment have 70% hybrids and 30% species.I love to see orchids growing in situ and when I was younger made many outings to the jungle and hills to see orchids in the wild. I think that one should not confine oneself to only species or hybrids when starting orchids. Give both a chance and you can specialise later.
    Last edited by catttan; September 27th, 2010 at 06:56 AM. Reason: To correct a mistake in typing

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    Typing error . 'vanda tessellata ' should read Vanda tessellata. Sorry.

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    Thanks. I can see the appeal of species being closer to nature, but I don't see a lot of species for sale around here. I have been lusting after some online, and will probably end up with a bit of everything...I still haven't met an orchid I don't like!

    Kathi

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