Mormodes revolutum/warscewiczii confirmed to be Mormodes andicola

Mormodes revolutum/warscewiczii confirmed to be Mormodes andicola





The Pacific South Judges awarded a plant labeled as Mormodes revolutum.

It received an AM of 81 points and, under the existing
rules, didn't need id verification because it's not a botanical award
nor the first to the species. We processed this as Mormodes
warscewiczii, the older name for Morm. revolutum. The exhibitor has
been upset with us for the last several weeks insisting that revolutum
and warscewiczii aren't the same thing and finally went to Eric with it
at the Paph Guild meeting out in California last week. Eric explained
the synonymy and then looked at the attached pictures. Eric believes
that the plant awarded was actually Mormodes andicola. The award
description is:

Fifteen uniformly spaced flowers on two inflorescences; sepals and
petals yellow, overlaid red-brown, densely spotted burgundy; lip
red-maroon, spotted darker maroon; column cream-color, finely spotted
maroon; substance very heavy; texture waxy, covered by fine sparkling
hairs.
Measurements are natural spread 5.8cm horizontal x 5.5 cm vertical,
dorsal sepal 2.5cm wide x 3.5cm long, petals 1.3cm wide x 3.0cm long,
lateral sepals 0.9cm wide x 4.0cm long, lip 0.5cm x 2.6cm long.

From friend Eric Christenson:

Dear Brent and Fred,

If Brent's awarded plant was Mormodes revolutum the correct name would
be M. warscewiczii. It is neither.

Brent's plant is Mormodes andicola described by Mormodes-expert Gerardo
Salazar in Orquidea (Mex.) 12(2):190. 1992. We illustrated it for Peru
in Icon. Orchid. Peruv. pl. 714. 2001.

I am copying this to Patricia Harding and Ron McHatton so they can deal
with the award. It is quite a lovely thing.

Hope that helps, Eric

Dear Cindy and Joan,

Mormodes warscewiczii/revolutum has been confirmed to be Mormodes andicola by the SITF (Feb 2009) with the assistance of Eric Christenson. I do not have the award number. Part of the note from Eric follows:
Brent's plant is Mormodes andicola described by Mormodes-expert GerardoSalazar in Orquidea (Mex.) 12(2):190. 1992. We illustrated it for Peruin Icon. Orchid. Peruv. pl. 714. 2001.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia, me, or any of the other task force members. --Lisa Thoerle, for Patricia Harding, Chair of the SITF















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