Here is my thaianum with the most flowers I got so far from one thaianum plant: four stems, six flowers. The natural spread of the flowers is 5.5 cm (2.2''). This is an extraordinary round flat and vigorous thaianum.
If there's a lot of 'variation' that would be against this being a pure species unless the parents were very dissimilar (and were they pure..............it goes on).I also found fibre's photo of this clone and two of it's siblings, posted on this forum, from 2 years ago. http://www.slippertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30529
He says it's from flask and I'm presuming that the 3 in the photo are from the same flask. So, there can be quite a bit of variation. Lesson learned!
Good point, John. I discussed this with experienced orchidist here too. There are good points for both sites but more signs for it being an 'improved' species IMO.That is SPECTACULAR! Well done!
However, are you sure it's thaianum? (...)
Good point, John. I discussed this with experienced orchidist here too. There are good points for both sites but more signs for it being an 'improved' species IMO.
By saying it is an extraordinary I meant that it is better than the others out of the same flask. This clone is more vigorous and its shape flatter and more round in comparison to the others of that batch. This group thaianum is not more or less vigorous than thaianums from other sources. There are no signs of hybrid-vigour.
The range of variation is not so big as one would expect of a F2 hybrid. So it may be a F1 i.e. a primary. But niveum is unlikely a parent because the staminode shield of niveum is usually bigger than the opening of the pouch and the pouch is very round. So the other possibility is P. godefroyae. This would explain the pink dots on the petals and the big round shape as well as the sometimes more elongated shape of the pouch of lots of its brothers and sisters out of the same flask. But progenies of godefroyae usually have short stems. This is not the case here.
In addition these plants smell like thaianum too! This is a very unique lemon like odour. I like it!
So IMO this plant is within the variation of the species but at the edge - the top edge
To be honest, I don't love this Paph for being a species but for its wonderful flowers. And even if it would be an hybrid it would be an exceptional one!