The Species Identification Task Force Pinpoints Orchid Names

The Species Identification Task Force (SITF) sorts out difficult orchid identities. There are about 30,000 orchid species, and experts with the American Orchid Society work to verify whether awarded plants’ nametags are accurate. Whenever a species receives its first award, it’s automatically reviewed to authenticate its identity. Orchid judges may also ask for confirmation of previously awarded varieties. The SITF examines detailed photos and measurements of the flowers and plants. You can track their progress as they make tricky determinations at the SITF blog. Check out the high quality photos, and see which details help distinguish one orchid from another.

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