Phrag caudatum group Taxonomy

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poozcard

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If it looks different, the name should different.

Your way is best. Making 5 distinct species.

Here is my opinion why...
Because they are distinct not only in appearance but also in locations. Keeping the "species" well separated with their own "simple" names eliminates confusion. Taxonomists who basically deal with only preserved specimens have no problem grouping under one specie name. But when you get into the horticultural growing side it makes more sense to have distinct names so as not to confuse the species with varieties.

I think varietal names should be reserved for individual variations that exist repeatedly within a specie population but not as separate populations on their own.
Can this concept of species be applicable for Paphs too?
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I have a personal believe that the west coast P.godefroyae is distinct from the east coast cousin (which is the type gode)
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have to collect more evidence
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