Paph richardianum?

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  1. Jan 26, 2010 #1

    Ayreon

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    Hi!
    I have a paph richardianum in bud for the first time. But I haven't really figured out if it should be called Paph richardianum or Paph loowi var richardianum.

    Can anyone enlighten me?
     
  2. Jan 26, 2010 #2

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    Take your pick. All that really matters is that the plant has a label that somehow contains richardianum.

    However, Kew accepts Paph. lowii var. richardianum as the valid name.
     
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    For anyone interested, you can check your names here:http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/home.do

    The bold names are the currently accepted ones, those which are only italicized are not currently accepted.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2010 #4

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    Let's not confuse acceptance for registration with taxonomic validity. Keep it labeled richardianum, with or without lowii preceding it. Clearly it is horticulturally distinct and not just another lowii. A classic lumper/splitter toss up that happens when we try to impose our artificial classification scheme on the real world.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2010 #5

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    Yes, keep the richardianum tag, regardless. Never pay any attention at all to Kew. They haven't got a clue.
     
  6. Jan 27, 2010 #6

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    Besides being fairly distinct from lowii visually by flower and plant habit (culturally), they also seem to be distinct geographically (Sulawesi) and ecologically(grasslands).

    So I think it has more justification for species status than a lot of other pairs such as hirsutisimum and esquiriolei, callosum and barbatum, appletonianum and tortipetalum.
     
  7. Jan 27, 2010 #7

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    I agree!

    Ramon:)
     
  8. Jan 27, 2010 #8

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    what does it look like???
     
  9. Jan 27, 2010 #9

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  10. Jan 27, 2010 #10

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    Thanks for that link....I LOVE it!!!
     
  11. Feb 10, 2010 #11

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    Unfortunately it looks like I got a mislabeled plant. The fist flower is just about to open and it looks like a standard lowii to me :-(
     
  12. Feb 10, 2010 #12

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    I'll take it, oh never mind I'm trying to keep low key! :ninja:
     
  13. Feb 11, 2010 #13

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    Please post a photo when it opens.
     
  14. Feb 11, 2010 #14

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    Yes, I want to see the flowers too!
     
  15. Feb 11, 2010 #15

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    I'll post a photo when all flowers are open. I think it will be 4 of them... but it is a standard lowii. I'm not that depressed. My other lowi is not doing too well, so...

    I also have a plant labeled "lynniae" from the same vendor. Will be really interesting to see if that turns out to be a standard lowii as well. In that case...I'm not a happy buyer :)
     

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