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    Paph. Mystic Knight; blooming now, better on this second blooming

    This is arguably the finest white ever produced, and this particular plant must rank with the best of the bunch. A solid 77 point HCC here in the Bay Area (insert emoticon for irony here)! Consider me a complex green, with envy. Regards, Rick
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    Paphiopedilum sangii

    Uri, Have you found this to be easy to cultivate? I haven't often seen blooming plants. Like Dot, I also bought several seedlings from Fred Clarke, so if they require specific conditions I'd love to hear your recommendations. Regards, Rick
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    Paph Warmest Regards

    Thanks for the comments. I don't mean to disparage the flower. I just don't think it quite measures up to today's best complexes. That doesn't mean that I don't consider it a keeper, especially given its vigor. I do like the color scheme, which seems appropriate for a fall bloomer. One...
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    Paph Warmest Regards

    Paphiopedilum Warmest Regards Sarella x spicerianum Nothing to shout about, but a relatively fast grower and reliable bloomer. From the old Rod McClellan company in South San Francisco. Regards, Rick
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    Three Tanacci Paphs

    In a response to an earlier posting of a first-bloom Triple Bella one commentator expressed puzzlement in imagining what Nick might have been trying to accomplish in making this cross. Here Ross effectively answers that question as well as illustrates some alternate directions in Brachy...
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    Paph King Charles

    Here's a much larger Paph charlesworthii look-alike to be registered as King Charles. P. Wawona Maiden x P. charlesworthii. Wawona Maiden is Hellas x charlesworthii, so the resemblance is unsurprising. From the Orchid Zone. Regards, Rick
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    Paph spicerianum

    It is an interesting subject, because it puts a sharp focus on the lack of respect on the part of many breeders towards the judging system. To really appreciate the negative effect the events on that night might have on the reputation of the judging system, you first must consider the context...
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    Misc. Part 1

    Aquacorps (if that truly is your name), Thanks for obscure literary reference. It's good to know those Cliff's notes haven't been completely forgotten! Regards, Rick
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    Maudiae 'Los Osos' AM/AOS_08

    I hereby retract my suspicions regarding Rick's plant. What a difference a photo makes! Oh, the comments about Norris, let 'em ride. Regards, Rick
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    Misc. Part 1

    (Part 2) I recently saw an online reference to a Paphiopedilum niveum var. semi-alba. Curious, I searched the internet for a photograph, and discovered a few other references to semi-alba Paphs. Mostly, the results have yielded photos of flowers with faded-looking markings, but they aren't...
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    Misc. Part 1

    Journal November 2, 2008 San Jose As has been my custom in recent years, I ventured out early on the morning of November 1 for a brisk walk around my neighborhood, my annual celebration of All Hallows Day, the zenith of the fall season here in San Jose. Unlike in other regions, where winter...
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    Paph fairrieanum var. album

    Hi Ernie, The proper name would be Paph fairrieanum forma bohlmannianum (Matho) Braem, to indicate whose concept you personally accept as valid. That's not to imply that this is necessary the unanimous opinion of all taxonomists, but simply the opinion of the writer. I take a practical...
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    Paph spicerianum

    There is a P. spicerianum in the possession of a prominent Japanese collector that apparently has an unusually flat dorsal (relative, no doubt, to the usual funnel-shape) and I believe that plant is in the ancestry of the cross in question. If there is any basis for questioning whether the...
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    Maudiae 'Los Osos' AM/AOS_08

    Hi Rick, I did see your previous posting which you reference, and Kay Rinaman probably could have pulled that off. Most of the rest of us might have ended up with a bloody nose, or at least been escorted out feet first. Norris was no shrinking violet even in his latter years, and I doubt that...
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    Paph spicerianum

    Paph spicerianum 'St. Elsewhere' x 'Boss' From a really outstanding cross that produced plants that are uniformly excellent in size, form, and color. Last year a group of these were brought to a judging session for consideration for an Award of Quality, but one of the judges insisted that...
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    Paphiopedilum Wood Wonder

    Paph Wood Wonder (P. Zellwood Station x P. Hsinying Maru) A strongly Macabre-influenced hybrid with exceptionally wide petals. From OZ. Regards, Rick
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    Paph fairrieanum var. album

    A couple shots of the second set of blooms on my fairrieanum album this year. This makes a total of 7 flowers for the year. Not necessarily award quality flowers, but easily the most vigorous fairrieanum I've had, coloratum or album. Group shot: The last to open, unusually modest for a...
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    Maudiae 'Los Osos' AM/AOS_08

    Rick, At the risk of seeming to be unduly negative, I don't think that is 'Los Osos'. Anyone who knew Norris Powell was aware of his tendency to leave certain details off his tags, most prominently 'x self'. Norris sold an unbelievable number of mottle-leaf Paphs that were labeled as either...
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    helenae X Jolly Green Giant

    Rick, I think the second parent should be Jolly Green Gem. Check it out. Regards, Rick
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