Posted here with his permission: It is easy to glaze over the name changes by Chase, Williams. et al. in the December issue of Orchids/Lindleyana. Given our interest in conservation, however, one of the new names (nom. nov.) is worth noticing: Oncidium manuelariasii Chase & N. H. Wms. (p. 25) Manuel Arias is, of course, a wanted felon in the United States for his involvement in the commercial smuggling of Phragmipedium (CITES Appendix I). While awaiting sentencing he bribed someone at the Peruvian Consulate, obtained a duplicate passport, and skipped the country. His partner, George Norris, spent 18 months in Federal Prison in Texas for his part. But here he is being honored by Chase et al. in the pages of the American Orchid Society flagship publication. The Florida State Museum (FLAS - Williams & Whitten) has already shown their solidarity with orchid smugglers most notably with the renaming of Stellilabium peruvianum to Telipogon selbyanus, named for the only botanical garden ever indicted for orchid smuggling. A direct insult to Peru and a bid of solidarity with the smugglers at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The American Orchid Society, of course unconditionally supports orchid smuggling. It is hardly surprising that they celebrate orchid smugglers. I am, however, surprised that Mark Chase would have such contempt for decency. More to the point, I am astonished that RBG Kew would tolerate his linking the institution to a wanted fugitive. I really had thought that Kew's garbage with Cribb that led to Orchid Fever was now in the past. Apparently not. So now everything done by Kew must again be suspect.