Knocking out a genus.
When I completed my cold greenhouse more than 2 years ago, I started collecting Dracula. They seem to like it there and are thriving so I got more and more. At first the ones that were readily accessible, next the spectacular big ones and finally the rest, some of them hard or impossible to find. There less than 115 recognized species, depending whom you read, 108 and 112 are frequent numbers on various lists. With that few species in the genus getting all of them should be possible.
This weekend I got a few more from Andy in Santa Barbara and reached the magic number of 100 bonafide species. I grow 24 more which are hybrids or different clones of the same species. I have identified 11 more species and a natural hybrid that should be possible. If anyone has seen any of them for sale or knows of the existence of one, please let me know. Here is the list: alcithoa, callithrix, carcinopsis, dotsonii, hawleyi, incognito, mantissa, marsupialis, pileuas, x radio-syndactyle, saulii and sijmii. To find these is becoming a real treasure hunt, adds a new dimension to the hobby. We are used to calling Andy for hard to get plants and just shelling out the Kopecs, but when Andy and others tell you they don't have them it gets to be a challenge.
Then there are a few others and now it gets really interesting. Dr Gary Meyer writes:
adriana doesn't exist, taxonomic error.
x anicula (nat hybrid cutiss-bufonis x wallisii) Only one very ill plant exists in Columbia, none in the US.
inexperata has never left Costa rica. The government would not even let me have a DNA sample, It's probably platycrater.
lehmanniana, only one plant left as far as I can find in Europe, US and South America. I tried to get to the site where it is from in Columbia this year and three people got kidnapped while I was there. It will be a while before this one is available again.
maduroi, no reliable plants coming out of Panama. I got a few plants two years ago which died.
nigritella, drawing only, does not exist.
pubescence, taxonomic mystery, never saw it, others who think they did came up with something else instead.
rojasii is a hybrid
syndactyla does not exist in the US. I have tried to get to the site where it is from but it erupted into a battle It does still exist at the site, just too violent to get there.
So scratch all of the above but the previous 12 are still in the hunt. Just a question of finding them. Does anyone else have a experience with a genus like this? Neofineta fans maybe? Bulbophyllum addicts?