First, I must say that in my experience things are not that bad in Bromeliaceae but it does show a bias as far as taxonomists are concerned to the dead dried plant.
I can think of what 5 years delay can mean when going back to the place of discovery only to say “Whoops!” Where are they?
The habitat has been changed by man! How do you look realistically at plant conservation especially with our epiphytes which regrettably rely on trees to survive!
Many of us do acquire plants or seeds from the wild which have not been properly identified. We should not immediately rush in to hybridise so we can make money out of them, but should consider their conservation. We should not just give them any name and forget about it. Instead, we should retain as much information of where the plant or seed were collected for future reference. For really outstanding ones a Cultivar name should be given and put into the Cultivar Register with photos and other data.
In other words taxonomists may be responsible for the dead plant, but we, as growers are responsible for living material.