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Dendrobium monoliforme "Phyllis" HCC/AOS

This is a discussion on Dendrobium monoliforme "Phyllis" HCC/AOS within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Awarded in the 1990s to some growers in Florida, as having "superior shape and form". ...

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    Awarded in the 1990s to some growers in Florida, as having "superior shape and form".
    An interesting question this ; the flowers this year are much better than last year - but then, he says modestly - it has had another year in my care.. (joke) A lot of flowers to come - about 8 flowering canes, mostly with buds up and down their length.

    But clearly - which I already knew, but a lot of folk don't know - even awarded plants don't produce award quality flowers every year. In fact an old friend of mine who has more awards than most folk have had hot dinners ( from a lifetime of hybridising etc ) says that well grown plants are at their very best once in every five years. An interesting thought, and encouragement to us all when a plant disappoints !

    I treat this like D.nobile hybrids, in that I cut off the old canes at ground level, so that in fact all the canes are flowering ( and about half of them are already starting next year's canes , but not big enough to get in the way of this display). It is about a 4 inch pot, hung up with all sorts of vandaceous stuff, so sprayed more or less daily ( much of the time - although todays spraying was the first for some days since I have been in hospital or lying lat on my face after an eye 'op - but then, it is often said that a bit of neglect does the orchids good at times).

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    Very nice Geoff! Also glad to see you posting.

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    Lovely blooms Geoff. Glad to see back after your successful operation.

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    Gorgeous, pristine flowers!

    Never have the heart to cut down the old canes on nobile types ... I just leave them be to continue storing and producing food for the "collective".

    Welcome back, Geoff!

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    I had seen that somewhere as well and I totally agree. When a plant puts on a huge display, often I have to nurse it for the next year from it expending so much energy. The only plant i've seen in my collection that didn't do that is my Encyclia belizensis. And I have a couple vanda that only like to bloom once every couple years. Also; it's good to have you back. I'm glad to hear you are recuperating well...

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    Geoff, I'm wonering about the size of the flowers. In my opinion to big for a Dendr. moniliforme. Are the flowers longlasting, or stay just for, let me say, one week?
    There is Dendr. wilsonii, which Kew Garden combain with Dendr. moniliforme. But the flowers are much bigger, so 6 cm across and in oposit to moniliforme wither already after one week. For me two different species.

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    I see this species has been awarded with flowers having a natural spread of 4.6cm - (Kinzan Kagah JC/AOS) , 4.8cm (Bannitke AM/AOS) , and 3.5 cm (Phyllis AM/AOS). There is also an awarded variety with smaller flowers - V.lesaensis AM/AOS at 2.9cm.
    My plant has its best flower at 4.7cm , which seems correct , even if bigger than when awarded.
    As I think I said somewhere else in these pages recently, orchids, consistently grown, go through a cycle and are only at there absolute best every few years. It also seems to me, in all modesty, that a plant coming from Japan may well do better in a good year over here in UK than in a good year in Florida ( where the award was given for Phyllis) since our cool damp climate may be rather nearer to the Japanese one - depending of course on which bit of Japan, Florida, and UK, and which year too in terms of weather.
    So my assessment is that on the evidence my plant is as named.
    As to D.wilsonii , are you sure this is what you mean ? IOSPE has never heard of a Dendrobe species by that name ( and I don't want to go and start looking at my own library at the moment, ) whereas Orchidwiz has D.Wilsonii as a hybrid of quite different colour and shape.
    As to flower longevity, it is certainly nearer a month than a week , depending on weather. I'm hoping to take mine to my Society meeting on the last day of the month.

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    Yes, Dendr.wilsonii, in western countries, is not a valid name. Her the plant http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...-wilsonii.html.
    I have both and the stem and the flowers are absolutely different.

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    Looks to me to be much taller than D.monoliforme. If these seems an irrelevant comment see the thread on that species, where it was suggested that my plant could be this one - D.wilsonii.

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