Namesakes: plants

A number of plant varieties have been given the name condor. I know this not because I have been searching the horticultural literature but because I have run across the plants being offered for sale while looking for information about the California condor.

Below are examples. In only 2 cases was it apparent which condor species was being referred to and that was the Andean, not the California.

Plant sellers in California offered:

Agave cundlinamarcensis “Condor”
Anthurium arisaemoides “El Condor”
Pitahaya dragon fruit “Condor”

Another edible was listed by a seller in Australia: Condor’s beak chilli. This was advertised as a kind of habanero pepper (the advertisement spelled chilli with a pair of “l”’s).

A Ukrainian vendor offered Gymnocalycium multiflorum “El Condor, Cordoba”.

I encountered two orchids:

Cattleya intermedia “Formosa x Condor”
Paphiopedilum “Matienzo’s Condor”

An ornamental flowering cabbage was named “Condor White”.

In 2 cases, there was an explanation for the condor name:

an unknown species of Asplenium was called “condor” because the plant’s native habitat is the Cordillera del Condor of Ecuador

a variety of Aloe fleurentinorum has exceptionally-long “condor wing leaves”

Finally, I note the daylily “Giant Teratorn”, named after Teratornis, a genus of extinct relatives of the California condor. The hybridizer notes that the long, narrow petals give the flower a 16-inch “wing span”.

(My apologies for errors in listing the plant variety names. I have limited knowledge of horticultural names. Also, I did not authenticate the information above – it all comes from the vendors.)