You are no dummy. Unless I am, also. You wrote down what I was thnking.bench72 said:ok, Dummy here again, trying to make light of this discussion...
1. I cannot register a hybrid if I didn't make the cross because I am not certain of the parents. So I'll make the cross!
2. But, one of the parents is a hybrid, so I need to also know that the parents of that hybrid is legitimate. So, I have to do the hybridizing there just to make sure.
3. Gosh, I've just noticed that Paphiopedilum Winston Churchill has about five generations in that family tree, so I really need to know all those parents as well... I'm glad I'm young enough to do all these hyrbidising.
4. Oh but wait, just because I am down to the species level, how do I know that I actually have that species, after all, I'm not a taxonomist!
5. Well, I guess the only people who can name hybrids will be taxonomists!
Sometimes what is written on tags seems obviously wrong. But when the flower matches what is written on the tag, even if I didn't make the cross, why should I not trust it. If I cannot trust the name one the tag, what's the point of having one? I may as well have purchased that gorgeous Cat. I saw in a Meijer store tonight -- large healthy plant with flowers of bright clear yellow and the brightest cleanest orange lip I've ever seen. But no tag.:sob: