Genus Abbreviations

Orchid name tags often use standard genus abbreviations. The genus name is the first word of a plant’s name, such as “Vanda” in the name Vanda coerulea, or “Phalaenopsis” in the name Phalaenopsis New Stripes. Here’s a list of abbreviations for some of the most common orchid varieties:

Unlike species, hybrid, and cultivar names, which follow formal rules, these abbreviations are informal. Most orchid experts agree on a standard set, but differences abound. You can find another short abbreviation list here. For a much more comprehensive list of abbreviations, OrchidTalk Forum has an alphabetical index.

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5 Comments on “Genus Abbreviations”

  1. Hanna at Orchid Care Says:

    These lists of abbreviations will prove to be very helpful to your visitors and you did a very good job in compiling it.

    But it could get somewhat confusing in light of the fact that this has never been standardized but I wonder why?

  2. SchwartzAurora20 Says:

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  4. Ziggy Says:

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