Tinus Oberholtser explains some understanding more of Orchid Naming and name changes in a recent SAOC newsletter.
Trevor from Umkamaas sent this to us:
"I inherited some orchids from a friend’s mother. I have tried to find out more about them by looking them up on
One has a label in it which says Pot. Tapestry Peak. I found a plant on the web called Rlc. Tapestry Peak, but I
can’t find anything called Pot. Tapestry Peak. Please help.
ANSWER (Tinus Oberholtzer)
Trevor, this is an interesting subject as many people struggle with the same or a similar question. The reason for
the difference in genus on the label from the one you found on the web, is due to the latest name changes within
the orchid family. Due to genetic studies to ascertain the relationship of different species and genera within the
orchid family, it has been decided by the botanists involved in said studies that certain plants will have to
undergo name changes to represent them correctly. The Laeliinae or Cattleya-alliance (as it is also known) is
one of these groups which underwent considerable name changes.
Your plant in particular used to be known as Potinara (Pot. in short). Potinara is a hybrid genus which was
created to assist with the registration and record keeping of hybrids which contain the following genera: Cattleya,
Laelia, Sophronitis and Brassavola. The Sophronitis species have now all been grouped in the genus Cattleya
and the Brassavola in question, Brassavola digbyana, is now known as Rhyncholaelia digbyana. The Laelia
species in the background of your hybrid was also moved to be included in the genus Cattleya. Your plants is
now a combination of Cattleya and Rhyncholaelia, hence the need for the new hybrid grex:
Rhyncholaeliocattleya (Rlc. in short).
The name changes have brought with it much confusion, but change is sometimes necessary.
In short, your plant is part of the Cattleya-alliance and should have reasonably large flowers. It requires the same
growing conditions as do most large-flowered Cattleya-type plants.
Dave and Barbara Gordon paid the nursery a visit to come and take some pictures from orchids that they want to enter for the photographic competition for the upcoming World Orchid Congress in Johannesburg in September. Here is an examples of Dave's amazing macro work.
Because Roelie, founder of Van Rooyen Orchids, had done a lot of hybridising in the Maudiae group, we decided to choose Paph. Tarentaal as our logo. This delightful cross of Paph. Maudiae (coloratum) x Katja Kastrup was made in 1983 by him and is named after our indigenous spotted bird, the guinea-fowl.
Sophrocattleya Juanita Ferreira
(Sc Glad Tidings x Sc Moochie)
|SAOC ORCHID OF THE YEAR 2010
Paphiopedilum St Swithin 'Super Saint'AM/SAOC 89%
(Paph phillipinense x rothschildianum)
Polystachya Rodcamp 'White River'
(campyloglossa x Rodney Ellis)
SAOC HYBRID OF THE YEAR 2010
AWARD NO: 1464
Renanthera imschootiana ‘Volcano’ AM/SAOC 82%
Paphiopedilum Houghtoniae 'Tagentag'
(Paph haynaldianum x Paph rothschildianum)
SAOC Orchid & Species of the year 2004
Cirrhopetalum eberhardtii 'Tzarina'
SAOC Species of the year 2002
SAOC Orchid & Species of the year 2003
Paph delenatii 'Angela'