EPIPHYLLUM SOCIETY OF AMERICA REGISTRATION GUIDELINES
ADAPTED FROM: “HOW TO NAME A NEW CULTIVAR”
Published by the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants http://www.ishs.org/sci/icraname.htm
NEW HYBRID SELECTION FOR REGISTRATION
You have a new cultivar and you wish to name it. Do not attempt to name a cultivar before it has bloomed for at least two years. Often the plant's first bloom is not necessarily an accurate example of how the plant will flower as it matures.
Many hybridizers will take cuttings from a plant, grow and bloom them to ensure that the plant can be propagated easily from a cutting, and that it blooms consistently. This also helps ensure the survival of the new cultivar. Your new cultivar should also be propagated and grown successfully under different conditions and environments. Don't register plants that exhibit undesirable growth characteristics such as: weak growth, heavy spotting, susceptibility to fungal or bacterial rot, or being extremely difficult to grow. Chances are it will eventually become extinct.
IS YOUR CULTIVAR REALLY WORTH NAMING?
There is no point in going through the registration process if your cultivar doesn't have some unique quality or characteristic, or represent an improvement over an existing cultivar. Perhaps your new cultivar has a unique color or color combination, or an unusual shape or form. Maybe it blooms off-season or several times a year, or is extremely floriferous or fragrant. It could also have growth that is vigorous, compact and clean or branches that have interesting form or crenation. All of these are important characteristics to look for as we attempt to improve the quality and expand the variety of our hybrids.