|Over the years, the list of registered orchid hybrids maintained by the Royal
Horticultural Society has grown to encompass seven volumes with more than
100,000 total entries. Acquiring these books, if you can find them, would cost
many hundreds of dollars. Similarly, there have been well over 50,000 awards
granted to orchid species and hybrids in the last 27 years since the Awards
Quarterly magazine was first published, with more than 1500 new awards being
added each year. Sifting through these publications to find information about
particular hybrids can be a daunting and time consuming task.
The Wildcatt Orchids database puts all this information at your
finger-tips at a fraction of what it would cost to buy all of these
publications. Better yet, with Wildcatt there's no thumbing through mountains of
books and magazines to find the information you want. Just type the first few
letters of the hybrid or species you are interested in and its information is
immediately displayed. Further specialized parts of Wildcatt allow you to
quickly generate genealogies back to species, create progeny lists for any
number of generations, find out if a cross has been registered, and more!
Just Look at the Features!
is a full featured database program that incorporates all the
data contained in Sander's List of Orchid Hybrids as well as Awards
Quarterly data from the present back through 1970 into a powerful tool that
allows you to sift and analyze information pertinent to awardable orchids in
your collection or to crosses in your breeding program.
With Wildcatt Orchids you
will be able to:
List the progeny of any orchid and determine which progeny
have been successful breeders. Limit progeny searches to a specific number
of generations, or search all generations.
Find out which species have been involved in a particular
cross. View or print a graph of the information
Quickly find out if a cross has been registered.
List hybrids made by a particular hybridizer. Find out which
hybridizers have been most active.
Access award data to find out what awards a particular
hybrid or species has earned. Display description and measurements. How does
your plant compare?
Run progeny lists against awards. Find out which progeny of
a particular hybrid have been awarded.
Generate a genealogy tree of any hybrid and display or print
it. All genealogies are calculated back to species. Species percentages are
calculated a displayed as a pie chart.
Generate genealogies for unregistered crosses.
Look up, display, and print information about natural genera
|Buried within the pages of Sander's List of Orchid Hybrids and Awards
Quarterly lies a wealth of information invaluable to breeders of orchids and
collectors alike. Using these two publications, breeders can discover what the
breeding trends are in his particular area of interest, and what breeding lines
are particularly successful. Similarly, the collector interested in obtaining
and exhibiting awardable plants can determine which new crosses are potential
winners, valuable information when choosing which plants to buy.
Accessing this information, however, is not always simple. Digging through
all seven volumes of Sander's to trace a genealogy can be a daunting and
time consuming task. To trace just one plant in this manner can take hours. To
cross reference this data with the awards data contained in Awards Quarterly
in any meaningful way can quickly become a job of mammoth proportions.
Add to this the fact that the early volumes of Sander's books are
virtually unavailable, and this "wealth" of information truly becomes a
buried treasure. Now that the personal computer has become commonplace and
affordable, the technology is here to put all this data at your fingertips.
Wildcatt Orchids is the most
comprehensive orchid database available. It incorporates all the data contained
in Sander's, as well as awards data, up to
March 2007 and going back to 1970, volume 1 of
the Awards Quarterly publication, combining these facts into a full featured
database program. This program allows you not only to access data about
individual orchids, it lets you explore entire breeding lines.
Just look what you can do with Wildcatt Orchids:
|Wildcatt can produce the genealogy of any hybrid in seconds; it can evaluate
the progeny of a species or hybrid, find the crosses registered by a breeder, or
find the AOS awards of a selected hybrid. Wildcatt can do much more than list
data; it can extract information continued in the Sander's registrations
and the Awards Quarterly.
Have you fallen in love with long petaled multi-floral Paph crosses? Or with
these beauties crossed with the white brachypetalum hybrids? You can build a
list of all registered multifloral hybrids and extract those that have this type
of breeding done. Check your list against the awards data to see what has been
awarded. In minutes you can evaluate what the breeder has done referenced
against what has won awards.
|Use the powerful genealogy tree feature to
explore the lineage of an orchid. A pie chart of the species involved in
the plant or any of its ancestors is only the push of a button away. Use
this information in combination with the progeny search and graph
features to compare your plant to the orchids that have been used most
successfully in breeding.
|Wondering where to get that white Paph judged? Wildcatt will generate a graph
of the number of awards versus judging center to find out where most awards are
granted to your type of plant. List petal dimensions and description, or graph
petal size as a function of points awarded.
Is it your turn to prepare a program for your local Orchid Society meeting?
Any of the lists, graphs or trees that can be generated can also be printed for
a great presentation. Progeny and tree lists can also be printed to a text file
so that you can bring them into your favorite word processor, or cut and paste
them into e-mail.
Wildcatt can also simplify the registration process when your club hosts a
show. The quick search feature lets you quickly look up the name of any
registered cross or find the parents of any registered hybrid. And with updates
available every six months, Wildcatt is the most current database around!
A Satisfied Customer Writes
|I began growing orchids in 1960 something, and my first orchid was the
proverbial Cattleya. Next came the Dendrobium and Epidendrum and Oncidium. I
truly believe this is the way most people begin.
As the years progressed and the orchids, either barely existed or died, my
tastes began to change. Now in the 1990's I have finally found the orchids that
love the growing conditions I provide and they are thriving like never before.
The Phalaenopsis is my orchid of choice, although I do have some other species
The plants I order are thoroughly researched and I have purchased every type
of reference book available; i.e. Sanders, Listings of Hybrid Registrations,
etc., etc... In the OLD days, I would see an advertisement of plants I was
considering buying and the books and catalogs would begin to cover the table,
floor, davenport and my lap. Most of the time it is easy to look up the parents
of a longtime hybrid. But, then comes the complicated part.
If you are fortunate enough to find the parents of a plant listed in the ad,
step is to find the parents of the parents. This procedure goes on and on,
particularly if the hybrid is complex. Locating the entire family tree can take
hours and even days. Not only did I have books, magazines and papers, but I had
even taken the time to photocopy the registration listings in the American
Orchid Society magazine and had compiled a notebook. All these were piled all
over the livingroom.
I would like to point out that, quite often, I had even forgotten which
hybrid I was initially investigating . Needless to say, this time-consuming,
messy job was becoming unbearable.
If you want to produce hybrids yourself, it is also important to do your
research and my way of doing it was becoming impossible.
I finally bought a computer and my first software purchase was the 'WILDCATT'
program. What a trip to heaven that was the first time I used it!!!!
Now, all I have to do is make a few keystrokes and I have a complete family
history in a matter of seconds. Another keystroke prints it out. Yet, another
keystroke and I have the species breakdown of the plant that I am researching.
The "Awards Quarterly" information is also available.
This program is invaluable, and everyone who breeds or buys orchids should
have this tool in their orchid library. Now, I don't even have to think about
spending another $100.00 or so for a new Sanders book, that is outdated the day
it is printed. Thank you for producing the most reasonably-priced and complete
orchid guide available.
Bonnie A. Spence
Windows 3.1x/9x/NT/XP or higher
386 or higher processor
16 meg RAM recommended
70 Meg free space on hard drive required to run program
Is There a Version for the Mac?
|No Mac version of Wildcatt is planned at this time. Mac
users are able to run Wildcatt if they install PC emulation software such as
Virtual PC on their machine. A second
alternative is to install a PC card in the Mac.