We are obsessed collectors of the unusual.
During my last sojourn to the moist, cool, humid North, Pacifica California to be exact, where D cutherbersonii grow like Dandelions in my front yard, I bought a Dracula velutina var xanthia. It was not expensive but I would have paid extra because it is unusual and rare.
Drac velutina is normally brownish/red. The flower is neither very large nor spectacular, about 1" across, a typical small flowered Dracula. I have seen it before. Var xanthia, on the other hand, is yellow. OOOOOOH!!!!!!!!! Seldom seen in private collections, rarely offered for sale. I did not have to, but I would have paid double for this because of that.
Have any of you paid extra or jumped through hoops to get something unusual, not because it is more beautiful, but simply because is is rarely if ever seen?