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Taxonomic problems[]

  • Lots of problems concerning the use of the Kew list and inconsistencies. So I am gonna ask a taxonomist how to solve this. Probably going to eliminate things that are obviously idiotic such as moving the Hadrolaelia segment around.

Problem sections

  • Pleurothallids = A huge mess
  • Cirrapetalum and Mastigons = Obvious morphological features
    • There are several exceptions that can be found so they are put back in to bulbophyllum.
  • Oesterdella & Schomburgkia = Should not have been removed
    • Moved into laelia for some reason they were said to be more similar. Also Sophronitis might be moved into Cattleya because the only difference is Sophronitis are pollinated by birds.

Hope to get a legitamate list soon --Cs california 11:17, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Temproary solution will be to put them on Editorial pages for segmentation --Cs california 23:23, 20 February 2009 (UTC)


  1. What is the type species for the genus Ida and what it is named after?
  • The type species for Ida is Ida locusta (Rchb.f.) A.Ryan & Oakeley, Orchid Digest 67: 11 (2003).
  • Re the etymology, Ryan and Oakeley were encouraged to choose "Ida" as an appropropriate partner for Lindley's 'beautiful woman' in naming the genus because "Ida was a mythological Cretan hunter from a band of virgin warriors that included another Lycaste [a beautiful women] (no releative), led by Latonia, Queen of the woods and stars, in a search for wild animals (Claudian). The description of these ladies "... beautiful though unadorned; red their cheeks, dusty and suffused with sweat; their fierce virginity betrays not their sex; disordered their hair; girdles twain prevent their dresses flowing down below their knees".

  1. Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi and Phalaenopsis lamelligera are they same plants or not? (they are on Jay's Internet Orchid encyclopedia)
  • According to the Kew monocots checklist these are deemed to be separate species.
  1. What tribe is subtribe Oncidiinae under? lots of confusion!
  • Cymbidieae (Confirmed by taxonomist) --Cs california 09:24, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
  1. Subtribe confusion of what is in Sarcanthinae and what is in Aeridinae
  • Sarcanthinae is invalid

Unknown Parentage[]

Someone please ID the parents of these plants. Methods of identification include looking at floral traits or RFLP analysis.

  1. Cymbidum Ruby
  2. Odontoglossum Armstrongiae
  3. Odontioda Coronation
  4. Odontoglossum Dusky Monarch
  5. Odontoglossum Georgius Rex
  6. Odontoglossum The Czar
  7. Odontoglossum Aquitania