What does all the stuff on a label or tag mean?
Labels Explained: A wealth of information appears on the plant Labels. Try to maintain these labels because plants labeled as unknown lose some of their resale valueas well as their show value. A typical label would look like this: Blc. Memoria Crispin Rosales 'No 2' AM/AOS Blc. Is the abbreviation for Brassavolo, Laelia, and Cattleya; the genera used in the breeding to produce this hybrid. Memoria Crispin Rosales Is the grex (family) name used for the seedlings produced by crossing Lc. Bonanza x Blc Normans Bay. Note the use of capitals in the name to denote a hybrid. When you see Memoria in the name of a plant, it is to memorialize the person whose name follows. Usually, these are people of import or standing in the orchid world, but it can also be the name of someone important to the individual who does the naming.
'No 2' Is the clonal name for this particular seedling. (A mundane name for a beautiful flower.) AM/AOS Denotes Award of Merit, American Orchid Society. Other Cattleya combinations you may see on labels are: Slc. Similar to above except that Sophronitis appears in the breeding. Potinara. Named after Dr Potin. Genera used are Brassovolo, Laelia, Cattleya and Sophronitis. Rolfeara. Genera used are Brassovolo, Cattleya, and Sophronitis. At least 60 of these combinations of Cattleya are used with other Genera. Species names are written in lower case: Cattleya intermedia, Cattleya aurantiaca, Cattleya bowringiana, Cattleya mossiae etc. Natural varieties are indicated by the abbreviation var. and clonal names are enclosed within single quotes. Some examples: Cattleya intermedia var. alba , Cattleya loddigesii var. coerulea 'Blue Sky' Natural hybrids, those hybrids which occur in the wild are indicated by an 'X' in front of the name. Example: C. X hardyana , natural hybrid of C. dowiana x C. warscewiczii.
Sometimes you will see the name of a plant x self, which means that the same plant provided pollen as well as the seed capsule. At other times, you will see the name of a plant x sib, which means it was crossed with another plant from the same compot.
Ploidy not shown usually means 2n Diploid (3n) triploid (4n) tetraploid
AOS awards HCC/AOS-Highly Commendable Certificate-75-79 points AM/AOS-Award of Merit-80-89 points FCC/AOS-First Class Certificate-90 points or higher Those three are specific to flower quality, point rating based on 100 possible points. CCM/AOS-Certificate of Cultural Merit CCE/AOS-Certificate of Cultural Excellence Those two are for the full plant, denoting the grower's skill in growing (and flowering) a plant to big beastly size in pristine condition. A couple others: CBR/AOS-Certificate of Botanical Recognition Awarded to cultivars of species or natural hybrids deemed worthy of recognition for their rarity, novelty or educational value. CHM/AOS-Certificate of Horticultural Merit Awarded to species with obvious horticultural value when they appear in cultivation. The quality...