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Paphiopedilum spicerianum ‘Hercules’

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ChuckG1970

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Sometimes plants are so vastly different then the “standard” that they can freak the judges out. I don’t necessarily think that plant was treated with colchicine, but you might see where some judges could think it was. I don’t have any idea if polyploid plants can be awarded or not, but I’m sure that judges have opinions on the topic. Anyway it’s a beautiful plant and I was glad to see that the dorsal recurved that certainly make it a spicy.
 

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That may be the difference...mushroom culture (the community of mushroom people) by and large makes all information available to everybody. That’s the ethos. Compared to orchids, mushrooms are a million times more challenging to identify and learn and DNA sequencing has exploded the historical concepts of diversity, it’s pure craziness. If orchidists did the same, a lost tag would never be more than an annoyance.
Ah but then we wouldn't be able to BS each other.
 

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Back in May I posted this thread.

https://www.slippertalk.com/threads/variation-in-paphiopedilum-spicerianum.47887/

Noone here would entertain the idea that Plant B could be pure.

Since then I have ascertained plant B came from a grower in Queensland who usually specialises in multi's, and imports flasks from reputable growers.
Comparing with your pics on this thread, and the known history of the seedling, I again think it could be pure spicerianum.
The dorsal also reflexed after after a couple of weeks and looked more spicerianum as it aged.
 

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