P. rothschildianum ('Sam's Choice' x 'MM Best') - first time bloomer

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Guldal

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Another STC-member very kindly allowed me to buy this plant NBS 2 years ago. It now graces me with two flowers (there was a sort of smallish, third bud, that I nipped as it seemed to go no where):
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NS: 21 cm. DS: 4,5 cm.20210508_142830.jpg20210508_143151.jpg
Plant and flowers in toto:20210508_142930.jpg
 

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Nice gift!

This has the right balance of shape and color. Couple more years and it will be king of the castle!
 

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Thank you, Leslie, for acknowledging its potential. For now I will just revel in it being king of my humble abode! 😁
 

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That is a very beautiful roth! Lovely colour on the lip and petals and great stance.
It should look quite special when it’s fully grown,
David
 

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I have bloomed several of these, and this is one of the best I have seen. The form and color are excellent. I have one that is very similar.

All of my clones of this cross have small flowers. If I recall 'Sam's Choice' is a smaller flower, but Sam used it as a parent due to the excellent form.
 
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The sepal almost perfectly mirrors the dorsal. It might be small by modern Roth standards, but the overall effect is stunning. Some flowers just have presence, and this one has certainly “got it”. It will be incredible on a mature plant with a higher flower count! Congrats!
 

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As has been said over and over, a very nice form for roth. I'd be very happy with it. and it's got twins!! Congrats!!
 

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@Guldal here is my best clone from this cross
Thank you for your kind words, Justin - and the example to compare with!
When the flowers first opened, I was slightly (only very, very slightly!) disappointed regarding the size, but immediately took a liking to both its colours, stance and form.

Do you happen to know more about the genealogi of this cross?
I've seen a discussion as to wether 'Sam's Choice' is Val x MM or Rex x MM - the latter position makes sense, when seeing the (still) slightly bicoloured pouch and the 'petiteness' of the flowers; the former allegedly is based on information from Sam (and one would suppose he should know as the choice was after all his?!).
Might 'MM Best' be a selfing of MM?
Hope you - or some other Roth specialist in these page can contribute with an answer?
 
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