Lab Codes and Classification Guarantee


For the die-hard plant fanatics – this is the place for you! This page is a public record of all the plants we’ve released from tissue culture, and explains how we organize our micropropagation lab.

What is a Clone Designation?

We release three types of clones from our lab:

Clone DesignationFor any given species or hybrid, we offer…
Individualone genetically distinct plant.
Numberedmultiple genetically distinct plants that are uniquely identified.
Assortedmultiple genetically distinct plants that are not uniquely identified.

In other words, you can obtain a specific genetic line from a Single or Numbered clone. If you are looking for as much genetic variation as possible, consider purchasing multiple Numbered or Assorted clones. However, please note that:

  • We do not provide information about how many distinct genetic lines are in an assorted clone. It could be 2 or 200.
  • Even if you obtain multiple numbered or assorted clones, that does not guarantee each clone will actually look different. Two human siblings can look similar but have different DNA. The same goes for plants.

What is a Lab Code?

Our lab codes are always written in the following format:

FC – PLANT IDENTIFIER . CLONE IDENTIFIER

ComponentDefinition
FCAbbreviated prefix for Florae Collaborative
Plant IdentifierA unique number to specify a given species or hybrid. Issued sequentially.
Clone IdentifierA unique number to specify a distinct clone of a given species or hybrid. Only used for Individual or Numbered clones.

So, how can you determine the clone designation from our lab code?

The Clone Identifier is…Then the clone designation is…
ICIndividual
1, 2, 3, or any other number than 0Numbered
There is no Clone IdentifierAssorted

Examples:

  • FC-002.IC is Nepenthes peltata (a Individual Clone)
  • FC-096.05 is Nepentes rajah x edwardsiana Clone 5 (a Numbered Clone)
  • FC-016 is Drosera magnifica (an Assorted Clone)

Legacy Clones from Native Exotics

The system used by Native Exotics to record clones was not particularly robust. As such, we attempted to clean up their lab codes. 

Plants originally produced by Native Exotics have a Plant Identifier below 300. The prefix was changed from NE to FC. For example, the Nepenthes peltata clone went from NE-002 to FC-002. 

Where possible, we have kept the Plant Identifier the same. However, there were instances when a given Native Exotics’ plant had multiple Plant Identifiers. In these instances, the duplicate Plant Identifiers were consolidated. All known NE codes are listed in the table under the new lab code. A species or hybrid is listed multiple times in the database only when it is a different grex or form.

Finally, the Clone Designation for many Native Exotics clones is unknown. If this is the case, it simply indicates “Unknown.”

Plants originally produced by Native Exotics are excluded from our Classification Guarantee. We did not produce these plants, and cannot guarantee their accuracy.

Common Questions

You say that lab codes are issued sequentially. If so, why are you missing so many Plant Identifiers missing?

We issue lab codes based on what we attempt to clone. That does not mean the clone will be viable. As such, missing numbers indicate when a plant we attempted to clone failed. Alternatively, that given clone could have been viable, but has not yet been released to the public.

Classification Guarantee

We work hard to maintain accurate records. However, it is possible that a plant could be mislabeled. This could be because the mother plant we manually pollinated was also naturally pollinated by an insect, or a plant was accidentally mislabeled when it was originally provided to Florae.

In the event a plant produced by Florae was mislabeled, we will provide you with store credit equivalent to the value of your plant, and ask that you keep the plant. In the event a plant was mislabeled by any other producer (including Native Exotics), Florae is not responsible for the mislabeled plant. We request you contact the producer directly.

Whew, we made it through! That was a pretty dense explanation. If you have any feedback on how it could be written more clearly, or are confused about anything, please email us at [email protected]

Florae Clone Database