Are you all still with me? Fun huh?!? Now come the hybridizers!
Hybridizers are growers that mix and match all of the different orchid genera to create crosses into one plant thereby creating a new hybrid. As each genus is used, the abbreviation for the genus is added to the new orchid's name. For example, if you were to cross the genus Cattleya
you would have the new generic hybrid Laeliocattleya
and then crossing this new hybrid with genus Brassavola
, you would end up a generic hybrid called Brassolaeliocattleya
. To shorten the name, Brassolaeliocattleya
is often abbreviated to "Blc."
This system works fine until hybridizers start using more than three genera to create their hybrid which creates generic names far too large to be manageable. When more than three different genera are part of the orchid's heritage, a new name is often given to these complex hybrids using usually the persons name who first registers the new hybrid and then adding the Latin ending "ara" to the name. To distinguish the name as a hybrid genus from a natural genus, an "X" is often placed before the hybrid name. For example:
(or X Beallara
) is a Brassia
hybrid created by Beall and is abbreviated Bllra.
As time and the knowledge of hybridizers increases, so do the creation of new and even more complex hybrids. Six or more different genera are present in some modern hybrids. Each created hybrid is registered with the Royal Horticultural Society then the new hybrids are published in regular periodicals and, in every five years, in the Sander's Complete List of Orchid Hybrids