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DrLeslieEe

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When I saw this fowlei on Ibn's post, I was star strucked. It was so dark and colorful. So when I asked for a division, Ibn kindly sent me one!

After growing for a while, two buds showed up and grew so slowly I thought it wouldn't open. In fact the javanicum, argus, chalersworthii, delenatiis all bloomed first. The only ones slower are the two mastersianum buds.

Only one flower has opened. The second flower seems to decide to face the other way. Perhaps they had an argument? Will post more pics as they open and expand.

Just so beautiful!!

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Leslie, I've never seen such a dark coloured P. fowlei before. Very impressive. I have to admitt many of your shown flowers are extraordinary ones. 👌
 

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Leslie, I've never seen such a dark coloured P. fowlei before. Very impressive. I have to admitt many of your shown flowers are extraordinary ones. 👌
Thanks Rudolf.

Many of my plants are divisions of flowers that I like. Most happened to be the cream of the crop.

I also do flower some nice first blooms like Mango and the javanicum. All are just luck or because they came from good parentage.
 

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wow! that center flaring looked backlit until i continued scanning the different angles... definitely a wish list division...
 

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That is gorgeous! Does Ibn still post here? He has mad growing skills.
Ibn comes on rarely as he's busy raising a family. He has reduced much of his collection. But yes he's healthy and still grows magnificent plants. I have been lucky enough to secure many of his plants.
 

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wow! that center flaring looked backlit until i continued scanning the different angles... definitely a wish list division...
Yes the flower glows! Truly a stupendous cultivar.

Today's pics (the green stalk of column and staminode is emerald green, wow!):

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So it turns out I spelt the name wrong for the species. The correct spelling is fowliei. My apologies to all for inadvertently misleading this critical information. Bad boy!

Today the second bloom has opened to its potential. Here is the full monty.

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The two flowers are mirror images of each other. I should have paid more attention to grooming the developing inflorescenses to face the same direction. Oh well, next time.
 

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What can one say, but: 😛 😛 😛

Even with the venom of the green-eyed monster raging through my veins, Leslie, the coat of varnish offered by civilisation, no matter how hideously fragile, bid me to wish you, too:
A Most Happy, Healthy and Floriferous New Year! 😁
 

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Merlot has two friends coming into bloom behind him.

A game...

First, can you spot both flower buds?

Second, can you guess what Indonesian species these are?

A clue you ask?

Sure. They have huge slightly mottled leaves.

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