Some species can be easily identified from a detailed photograph.
Pictured above: Dendrobium insigne 'KG's Leaping Leprechaun' CBR/AOS
Required Species Identification
AOS awards granted by AOS judges requiring taxonomic identification are the Certificate of Horticultural Merit (CHM), Certificate of Botanical Recognition (CBR), the first award given to a species regardless of awards category, and in special cases, when one or more judge questions the identify of a particular plant. These awards are held as provisional awards pending the taxonomic verification by a botanical authority acceptable to the AOS before they can be processed by the Awards Registrar. Preserved flowers and/or photographs may be submitted to the Species Identification Task Force.
Specific questions regarding botanical authorities should be addressed to the Award Registrar