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Cs california 02:53, 16 April 2008 (UTC)


Hi epiphyte,

I recently added Orchids Wiki:Editorials where individuals can write articles of research and classification. For example you can write articles about growing cattleya from seeds or orchids found in a specific region of the world. I am also aware that information on a wiki can be seen as doubtful, but that what the talk pages are for to narrow down specific information with insight. And if it is obviously wrong it can be changed.

People are currently using the site as a reference source and my current goal is to document pages for most of the genera before adding minute details but if more individuals join we may be able to get a IRC channel from wikia for realtime discussion and help.

Cheers, Cs california 00:15, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

The editorials/articles idea is a good one. I'd contribute more but I'm working on my own orchid related project. The least I can do is try and dispel common misconceptions. As you add more content to this website...the more frequently it will show up in google searches. Eventually, orchid hobbyists will realize its potential and help contribute. I've suggested to the AOS that they create the same type of orchid wiki website...personally I'd be more motivated to contribute to a project that would help financially benefit an orchid related organization. But as technically challenged as the AOS is, it's highly unlikely they'll recognize the value of such a website.
Epiphyte 12:42, 21 February 2009 (UTC)
You can suggest them to add to this database as it wikia is used by other non profit groups such as http://sfhomeless.wikia.com/wiki/San_Francisco_Homeless_Resource The San Franciso Homeless Resource center. The only problem I see in having some of the AOS people is their taxonomy which I usually use Christinson as a reference. But I don't think you can move that group of people without any money as they will need to setup board meetings and stuff.

Also I don't think Sophronitis purpurata is a great Eurythermal Orchid since it cant survive well in the cold winters that well when compared to Laelia anceps. Once it gets around 43°C we start seeing some minor development problems in S. purpurata (cold burns). --Cs california 18:59, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Personally, I don't worry about taxonomy issues. In terms of this website, what's important is that people are able to find the article that they are looking for whether they search for Laelia purpurata or Sophronitis purpurata. My recommendation would be to have synonyms redirect to accepted names.
That's interesting regarding Sophronitis purpurata. I'll add my thoughts to its talk page.
Epiphyte 07:09, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

USDA zones[]

This is a good idea to narrow down temperature ranges :)--Cs california 20:53, 26 May 2009 (UTC)