Tibeticum species complex flowers

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    Here are some tibeticum complex flowers blooming for Paul Perakos.

    Cyp franchetti, partially open, with nice reddish veination:

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    Here is another, fully open, with darker, purplish veination (this is a very common color for these flowers):

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    These are nicer franchetti's than the one I have.

    Here is a Cyp tibeticum with very nice, subtle color. Paul took the photo as when I was there it was in the shade and the flash did not do it justice:

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    Finally, I will call this a franchetti (it was purchased as franchetti) although the flower is more of the size of tibeticum or macranthos. It does have a hairy ovary like franchetti whereas tibeticum and macranthos are glabrous. Yunnanense also has a smaller flower and has an ovary that is glabrous or with a very few hairs. Cribb notes that franchetti often come with "off-white" flowers, which this certainly has. It is an interesting color pattern:

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    Ron Burch
     
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    The first two are amazing. Thanks Ron!
     
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    and I like the last one!
    Thanks Ron, it's great to see all of these varieties blooming.
     
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    Those are simply awesome! Paul grows such fantastic Cyps! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    :clap: Excellent cyps!
     
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    Really beautiful.

    How many different Cyps does Paul have? He has an amazing collection.
     
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    they all look great but the last one is spectacular :clap: :smitten:
     
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    Paul has been collecting Cyp's for more than 30 years - some of his original pubescens are monsters - he has a wooded back yard that is filled with them. He has large displays all around the house. I would have to estimate the number of species/varieties as more than 30 blooming size.

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    Thanx for sharing. I was wondering how big they are though.
     
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    All of the tibeticum types bloom before the plant has fully matured for the season. The plants in the photos are all less than 6 inches high. After the flowers fade, they usually grow to 10 inches and sometimes a bit larger. Yunnanense (which I dont have so I have only read about it) is the member of the group that tends to bloom after the plant matures a bit.

    Of my tibeticums, I have three blooming (see the "grape popsicle" post of last year on the "other" site). Each is about 4 inches tall. Two of them didnt bloom this year for whatever reason and they are about 8 inches tall. Later in the summer the ones that are blooming now will catch up with them in size.

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    Thanx I couldn't guess they are so small.
     

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