Lab Codes and Classification Guarantee
What is a Clone Designation?
We release three types of clones from our lab:
|Clone Designation||For any given species or hybrid, we offer…|
|Individual||one genetically distinct plant.|
|Numbered||multiple genetically distinct plants that are uniquely identified.|
|Assorted||multiple 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
|FC||Abbreviated prefix for Florae Collaborative|
|Plant Identifier||A unique number to specify a given species or hybrid. Issued sequentially.|
|Clone Identifier||A 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…|
|1, 2, 3, or any other number than 0||Numbered|
|There is no Clone Identifier||Assorted|
- 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.
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.
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].