Subrosa, so because introduced trout has "devastated the population of native fish"...introduced Dendrophylax hybrids would devastate the native lindenii.
If we think of available microhabitats/niches in Southern Florida as seats on a triple decker bus, then, according to you, the pseudo Ghost Orchid would want to sit exactly where the real Ghost Orchid is sitting. And, for some reason, it will be able to kick the real Ghost Orchid from its seat.
If Dendrophylax funalis was introduced to Florida, do you think it would also want to sit exactly where lindenii is sitting? In Jamaica it sits on the top deck but in Florida it would prefer the bottom deck where lindenii is?
Basically, from your perspective, Florida is a triple decker bus that's completely full. All the seats are taken. Any introduced epiphytic orchid would displace a native epiphytic orchid. It's a zero sum game.
Yet, a single tree in the tropics can have more species of epiphytic orchids growing on it than Florida has in its entire state. I wonder why that is?
Maybe Florida epiphytic orchids really need their elbow room? They somehow poison any other orchid that germinates on their tree? Each species needs an entire triple decker bus to itself?
Your argument is incredibly incoherent...
"These aren't Ghost Orchids being created, it's just mud." Yet, for some reason (that I'm incapable of explaining), despite being entirely different, this "mud" has the same exact microhabitat preferences as the real deal. So introducing this trash will eventually eliminate the treasure. And I'll just conveniently ignore the fact that it would be native pollinators choosing the trash rather than the treasure.
If possible, it would be really great if you could make up your mind. Because...you can't have your cake and eat it too.
Do you want to eat your cake? If so, then here's what you're arguing: The "mud" ISN'T
that different and it will compete for the same exact microhabitats and be the preferred choice of the Giant Sphinx moth. So it's likely that this "mud" will crowd out the real Ghost Orchid. If you choose this coherent argument then the hybrid wouldn't be "mud"...it would be indistinguishable from lindenii. But if it's indistinguishable from lindenii then it wouldn't matter if it crowds it out. It would be the same thing as two lindenii seeds germinating right next to each other. Whichever individual had the combination of traits that was the closest match to that exact microhabitat (light, humidity, tree species, etc.) would win.
Or do you want to have your cake? If so, then here's what you're arguing: The "mud" IS
that different so it will prefer different microhabitats and will not crowd out the real Ghost Orchid. If you choose this coherent argument then you can still refer to the hybrid as "mud". But it wouldn't pose a danger to lindenii.
So which is it?