Like the refrigerator, you open the door, and the light goes on.
So both types are from GuangXi, one is a unique white pouch plant, and from a different part of the same province comes a really nice deep pink pouched plant. One of these days I'll post a picture of the micranthum I have that is alleged to come from Yunan. All are subtle variations on a lovely theme.
I think there is a different in geography.
Guizhou borders Sichuan (north), Yunnan (west), Guangxi (south)
What happened with that, exactly? I've often been curious.
Hi Sanderianum - thank you for the info and beautiful pictures.
2.) Your observation are wonderful and do match the way my plants grow.
They were VERY slow to establish, and I did encounter that dry yellow-brown leaf die back. It took a couple years to get rid of that. Have not seen it in quite a while now. The roots were clean when Ray Rands sent them, so I did not see the red clay. The KwangSee do seem to grow in spurts, often when the other more common varieties are resting. I don't dry mine in winter, and I had the flower bud blast on the better one of my KwangSee's, so I will try drying them out more next winter.
4.) I also have seen what I suspect are the Vietnamense race with white pouches, and they are definitely a different race of micranthum. The pouches tend to 'hang' very low, and they are a smaller flower. The leaves are bright green with heavy silver tesselation, giving a very bright effect, nothing like the dark almost black green of the true KwangSee race of micranthum.
This is a picture of one,
5.) A final question; What do you know wbout the race of micranthum called Kwei Chow? or is it Kwie Chow? I suspect it is a province name in the Wade-Giles transliteration system, but what is unique about micranthum from Kwei Chow?
Strap in - its a long historical and folk-lorical tale.What happened with that, exactly? I've often been curious.
Strap in - its a long historical and folk-lorical tale.
Well, depending on your political bend (tragety or victory) there are a couple ways to look at what happened. For me around 1980 or so I really got into Paphs. At that time the only import papers really needed were a Phytosanitary for Dept of Ag showing the plants were disease free. None of this CITES stuff, at that time CITES only pertained to Whales, Elephants and Tigers. THe plant references were still under negociation. Then in 1988 CITES was extended to orchids, and USFWS came up with a major tightening of enforcement limiting what orchids could be moved. There were further tightenings of Cites, I think around 1993 and 1998. By 1990 (or 1995?) Ray Rands had decided it was just too difficult to import Paphs from most countries, he tried to shift to seed propagation, but that is a slow process, sorta like watching the grass grow. If you knew Ray, he was (still is) a very active, dynamic guy, the sort that is not happy watching grass grow. Importing was almost instantaneous, seed prop is slow. Ray eventually retired, giving up the business.