I'd love too... was planning on having it judged but the center closed down againOnce the DNA has changed, it is no longer the same cultivar. It is a different 'person'. Your orchid is ultra nice Phred! You rightfully can choose a cultivar name for that one maybe.
A fair proposal!May I propose: LC Mini Purple 'Tamami' typo variegatum?
It is not unusual for a mutation of a mericlone population to differ enough to warrant its own cultivar name, particularly when a flower changes to similar (but different color or markings) or better (thicker, larger, more spotting etc). Case in point is the Phalaenopsis Golden Peoker 'Brother' that mutated to harlequins 'SJ', 'Everspring', 'Nancho' and 'BL'. These were so significantly different that they created the fantastical harlequin phals we see today.Notice, SP says it's "from 'Tamami" and thus recognizes it's origin/heritage!
May I propose: LC Mini Purple 'Tamami' typo variegatum?
But the suggestion to consult Leslie (DrLeslieEe) is a sound one - with his profound knowledge and many years of experience in the field of Catts! We would also almost have a direct link to the august body of AOS with his status as ass. judge!
Thank you for this very enlightening input, Ed. Really usefull!A cultivar doesn't have to be genetically identical - outside of orchids there are annual cultivars propagated by seed which, by their nature, are genetically different to greater or lesser degrees.
The 9th edition of the ICNCP (International Code of Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants) just states they should retain their characteristics and be propagated in a way that ensures they maintain their characteristics.
So, as long as this plant can be propagated in a way that maintains these new characteristics and they are stable (which isn't always the case with variegation) then it would warrant a new cultivar name IMO.