Hybrid Names

Since most orchids sold are hybrids, let’s continue the Orchid Names category with more about them. When a hybrid is a cross between plants from the same genus, it uses that genus name. For example, 2 Phalaenopsis parents produced the hybrid Phalaenopsis Bonita:

  • Phalaenopsis Bonita = Phalaenopsis stuartiana x Phalaenopsis buyssoniana

If a hybrid is a cross of more than one genus, it’s known as an intergeneric hybrid. Its genus name is a combination of the parents’ names:

If a hybrid has 3 or more orchid families in its parentage, then the hybrid creator chooses a name (often their own) and adds “ara” to the end:

Here’s an extensive list of orchid genus names, their standard abbreviations, and their parentage. It’s helpful when deciphering name tags or exploring hybrid composition.

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2 Comments on “Hybrid Names”

  1. nancy Says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! for linking the that great list. I’ve been looking for a good list like that for ages. Of course google is a great help too. Just google the plant name and add “parentage” if you have to.

  2. Karen Gaudino Says:

    Finally! This is just what I was looking for.