- Feb 15, 2008
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- Seattle, WA
Normally I'm not a big fan of these guessing games, but this flower has such a rich history that I thought I'd see if anyone recognized it - (Besides Tim and Theresa, and I suspect maybe Ross, of course!) If you are a fan of the wonderful old complex hybrids, it should be pretty easy to guess. One thing to keep in mind - this flowering falls short of the potential of this flower by a longshot.
There are two famous cultivars of this hybrid - both have AM/AOS and both have been used extensively in breeding. Notice the slight colored picotee edge around the dorsal, reminiscent of Paph. Denehurst 'Surprise'. Both the flower in this photo and Paph. Denehurst have Paph. Grace Darling in their ancestry - which may turn out to be a possible source for the colored edge.
Ratcliffe made several wonderful things using this as a parent over the years, but as far as I know, no progeny have ever been awarded.
I won't drag this out very long - but I'd really be delighted to see someone recognize and identify this flower.