Now, when we finally received the award, it said "Broughtonia sanguinea 'Karin' and the "alba" had been dropped. I thought it was a major mistake so I contacted the chairman of the judging session as well as AOS directly. These people are always very nice and I have learnt a lot from them. Anyhow, they told me that they found out that, according to the Royal Horticultural Society at Kew Gardens in England, there is no registered alba variety of Broughtonia sanguinea. According to Kew, the flower is white but it isn't truly an alba-form simply because there are some faint pink shades to the bud and young flowers. Though this may very well be true, it doesn't make it easier to describe a flower in a few words. Sanguinea means blood-red and this flower is white. Anyhow, they all told me how beautiful our orchid was and that's all that counts.