Phrag besseae was accepted as a species by Kew in 1981. For a number of years, Phrag dalessandroi was considered as a separate species but was accepted as besseae var. dalessandroi in 1997 by Kew. I count about 28 hybrids that were registered with Phrag dalessandroi as a parent. Let’s take the situation of greatest interest to me right now. Phrag Peruflora’s Cirila Alca (kovachii x dalessandroi) was registered in 2007 by Peruflora, but Piping Rock registered Fritz Schomburg (kovachii x besseae) the same year. If dalessandroi is just a var. of besseae, should both of these hybrids have been registered? If not, I assume the first one registered gets the naming rights and the other is a synonym? My issue right now is that Phrag Ekolu (Peruflora’s Cirila Alca x dalessandroi) was registered by Piping Rock in 2011. Phrag (besseae x Fritz Schomburg) was registered as Robert-Jan Quene’ in 2013 (named by Robert who did the cross at Orchids Limited). However, If besseae and besseae var. dalessandroi are really the same species, are these really the same hybrid? Why does it matter? I have coming into bloom in the next week or so (Peruflora’s Cirila Alca x besseae ‘Rob’s Choice’) made by Orchids Limited. If besseae and dalessandroi are the same species, and Peruflora’s Cirila Alca and Fritz Schomburg are the same hybrid, what the heck is the correct name of my plant? The dance can get dizzying.