Paphiopedilum praestans

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    JPMC

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    I hate to be guilty of posting the same plant too many times, but this is one of my favorite species. I bought it from Spencer Howard Orchid Importers about 25 years ago. I think that it was a wild-collected plant. The spike is 25 inches tall and the plant is 37 inches across. The image was taken in natural light. The rich tan/brown/ocher color is accurate.

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    Man, that is the best praestans I've ever seen!!!
     
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    Wow what a killer
     
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    Every bloom is different and it is a beauty which I am sure many of us do not mind to see it often.
     
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    4 very nice flowers - post this one as many times as you like!
     
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    Very nice! How big are the flowers? 37in is huge for this species.
     
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    Excellent. The plant could be thirty years old. Wow!!!! How many times have you divided this plant?

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    LOVE this! Yes, please post it any time. I for one will never tire of seeing such a nice praestans. Congrats on keeping this clone groing so well for so long.

    I remember Spencer M. Howard Orchid Importers. I haven't thought of him in decades. He was the guy that used to have the "off the wall" humorous ads in the AOS bulletin; right?
     
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    That is one very nice praestans! Beautiful.
     
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    I love this species enough to have two (most everything else I have only a single plant). Very nice one!!
     
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    Excellent, take good care of it. Congrats
     
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    One of my favourite species in my wish list to get at some point soon.
    You have an beautiful specimen there
     
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    Thank you. They're 6.5 inches long.
     
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    Thank you. Only once. It divide itself during repotting.
     
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    Thank you. I think that the unusual sense of humor belonged to Ray Rands. I don't recall Spencer M. Howard as having any oddness in his ads.
     
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    I like the pouch color and the twisty petals.
     
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    Fantastic flower count Jay.
     
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    my object of desire, unfortunately unreachable ,too difficult to grow for me.the only thing I can do is admire this wonder.
    Anna from Italy
     
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    Thanks for posting again! 25 years of culture, indoors I assume? Great repect to the grower.
     
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    That's great, well done.
     

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