Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, volume 43, number 1, March 2014 is available for download as a PDF for ICPS members on the ICPS web site: icps.clubexpress.com/ Because of a delay at the printer, hard copy will be mailed to members in mid-March.
In memory of Geoff Wong
Observations of the natural history and ecology of Nepenthes campanulata
Cephalotus follicularis cultivars and forms in cultivation – is there a basis for the current naming protocols?
A trip to Mount Trus Madi – the Nepenthes wonderland
The cultivars are valid because they followed the procedures that the International Society for Horticultural Science has set. The ICPS only registers plants using this set of "rules" but we didn't make them or have a vote in how the ar formulated. Basically we are just an administrative function, a clerk if you like, in this aspect . That is not to say we personally like the plants submitted or think they are "good" plants or whatever. We not only don't have to, we are not supposed to! We are supposed to fairly apply the rules and register what confirms to those rules.
We do like that this article apperantly got a lot of people thinking and talking about cultivars and if a plant is really deserving to be named as something special or not. Discussion and making people think are what brings progress.