The story of a large Paph, aka THE EAGLE HAS OPENED

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The eagle has unfurled his wings! The king has turned his darkling resplendence to face his adoring court!

I just can’t believe it. Over the moon. So very pleased that the first roth I ever have beheld happens to be this “heritage plant,” collected on a whim by an entomologist in the 1950s and lovingly stewarded by a fortunate few in undiluted, un”improved” form all these decades and now to be treasured by me as long as I can keep it happy.

I humbly submit this first open flower for your admiration or contempt! lol. And nothing against the “improved” roths; I certainly appreciate their stunning inflorescent achievements as well and look forward to mine someday showing itself off.

But oh, this wild jungle thing, this large and lurid jewel of magnificent miracle...

I am aware that my photos are inadequate but I’m not a photographer.
 

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Modern roths are amazing plants but there is something to be said for preserving wild clones as well, congrats on the bloom.
They are! I agree! I also have this one, picked up as a bedraggled single-growth from the CBG post-show sale for $10. I hope someday to get to see how they differ. If anybody knows these parents...
 

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Well done! Your care was amazing and she rewarded you! Behold the King of Paphs!
 

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Very cool indeed. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the story about of this roth.

Mine don't have a cool story. Maybe thats why they are not blooming.
 

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I asked Bridget Uzar from C & H and this is her reply, " I am sorry but Mac and I don't know which clone they are referring to. The awarded clones I remember from our collection are 'Chester Hill', 'Excelsior' , 'Mont Milas' , 'Rex' and 'Charles' (likely not the full cultivar name). I wish I could be more help. Bridget "
 

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Her petals are as graceful and slender as a silent screen siren of yesteryear.
 

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Well done! Your care was amazing and she rewarded you! Behold the King of Paphs!
Aw you folks are the giants of growing! I’m so happy to have this joy to share, given all the vicarious living I do through you and your pure white dreams!
 

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I asked Bridget Uzar from C & H and this is her reply, " I am sorry but Mac and I don't know which clone they are referring to. The awarded clones I remember from our collection are 'Chester Hill', 'Excelsior' , 'Mont Milas' , 'Rex' and 'Charles' (likely not the full cultivar name). I wish I could be more help. Bridget "
Oh wow! I never even thought to do that! Maybe I should approach them with the grower’s name and see if they have a record? The tag lists the years of purchase and notes the blooming. I think I have her original tag but not the original C&H tag.
 

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Very cool indeed. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the story about of this roth.

Mine don't have a cool story. Maybe thats why they are not blooming.
Aww I am sure they have many cool stories...and when they do look, you will write a new one! Wish I had help to offer. Mine is in strong light with very moderate filtering that’s only there because the double-paned windows have failed and there are increasing mineral water stains building up. But it sits RIGHT in the window and there’s a lot of cool fresh air drafting in. I was told that the leaves need to be chartreuse yellowish for it to bloom. I think I’m on the cusp of that, the low end of that color. I feed/water once to twice a week using (for the past several months) First Rays k-lite and sometimes his KelpMax. Twice a year I’m sprinkling crushed powdered oyster shell over the bark until it looks like snow. It quickly washes through. RO water. Temps are pretty cool right in that window all winter: highest oh 68 day, high 50s at night. Sending you blooming vibes.
 
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