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Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii (var. aenubis?)

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Apr 24, 2010.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This plant is labeled Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii v. aenubis. I can't find any reference to this variety. Does anyone know if this is a valid variety?The flowers are just under 1" wide.
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    Great color!
     
  3. Andrew

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    Marni,
    It's probably Sarco. fitzgeraldii var aemulus.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks so much, Andrew. Do you know if this is a segregated by geographical location or by color? Is it quite distinct from other varieties? I was thinking of making an outcross with another S. fitzgeraldii.
     
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    The type for this variety is Glenniffer, NSW, which is within the distribution range for fitzgeraldii. According to Water Upton's book it is a colour form of the species rather than a legitimate variety, in much the same as that var albus is. There are colour forms of fitzgeraldii in cultivation that have a lot more colour in them than var aemulus so the varietal status probably isn't warranted, not that that should stop you using it to get more colour into your other fitzgeraldii.
     
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    Thank you again. I do try to be careful about crossing distinct varieties, you never know when one will be elevated to a species and then I would end up with a hybrid.;) I started flasking about 6 months ago, so I don't have to pay someone for flasks, but I don't need to get to far a field either.
     
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    Clements and Jones have been quite brutal in splitting up a large number of Australian orchids including some of the Sarcochilus species. If it's at all reassuring, I haven't seen any indication that fitzgeraldii is being split up.
     
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    This looks awesome...always nice to see some other species besides hartmanii.
     
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    I will proceed with caution.;)