Paph. Marble Marie x Yellow Leopard

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The cross is Paph. Marble Marie 'Fusion' x Paph. Yellow Leopard '#3' and came from Hilo Orchid Farm. The first bloom, on a single growth, was a massive 14.5cm NS flower with a saturated brilliant red. The plant has been incredibly vigorous and put out 3 growths this year, one of which is currently in bloom, and one in low sheath. I have to say I'm quite disappointed with this flowering. The color is washed out, the flower is tiny, the petals are narrow, and the form is all-around a mess - I'll keep it around one more year, since I know it can be spectacular but if it doesn't improve next year it may find it's way into the compost bin...
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