Commentary from a pro-reason, pro-egoism, pro-capitalism perspective
posted by Amit Ghate at 8:05 AM
That is terrific, Amit. Well done. How does one figure out the species name?R
Hi Richard,Unfortunately I'm neither a biologist nor a taxonomist, so if I don't know the species I typically just scan through photos of the relevant genus. But nowadays most orchids are crosses, either within the genera or intergeneric, so with those, unless I already have the name from the original grower or they're a very common cross, I normally can't figure them out.In this case the plant is a dendrobium cross between these two species: http://www.orchidspecies.com/dengracilicaule.htmhttp://www.orchidspecies.com/denkingianum.htmThe gracilicaule seems better represented in the shape of the cross, but I'm not sure where the white color comes from.
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