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Vandofinetia Little Blossom ( or Papiliofinetia Little Blossom ?)

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    Default Vandofinetia Little Blossom ( or Papiliofinetia Little Blossom ?)

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    A cross between Miss Joaquim - which technically is a Papilionanthe I think, not a Vanda, and Neofinetia falcata. Maybe you can call Miss J a Vanda, since that was her genus for a hundred years. My cellular biology reading suggests that the Neofinetia is more likely to be the seed parent, and Miss J provided the pollen, but the way I set it out is as per label.
    The plant looks like a dwarf , but fairly robust V. teres ( or Miss J) - dwarf perhaps because these are the first flowers on a seedling and its only 25-30cm high. But robust because the cylindical "leaves" are rather thicker than any V. teres or Miss J I have grown, maybe even twice as thick. I have two spikes, each with maybe more than 4 or 5 flowers, which is quite interesting too , since Miss J normally has 3 or 4, and two spikes on one in UK would be unusually good, whereas the Neo has more flowers, and - if properly rested and got cold , is quite free flowering. But come to think of it, when I see a Neofinetia with a dozen spikes, it is on a potful of maybe 20 or so growths , so perhaps more than a single spike per growth is unusual there too.
    Flowers 6 maybe 7 cm natural spread. Can't find any scent yet , but of course the Neo parent is only night scented. Will have to try at midnight - but I'm not good at keeping awake that late.

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    nice crossing, it has been popular here in Florida, I've heard some are scented others not from the people who grow them, need to get my hands on one

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    Nice cross. Thanks for sharing.

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    Usually i like Neofinetia hybrids, but this one leaves me cold for some reason. Washed out color without the intricate charm of the Neo. Still interesting to see.

    Originally registered as Vandofinetia. Now with the merger of Neofinetia into Vanda and the recognition of Papilionanthe it is Papilionanda. Somewhere between it was probably Papilionetia for a while. If it was mine I'd probably call it 'free to a good home'.

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    Thanks Kirk, my first laugh of the day.
    I guess that in a good year I might just be donating this one as a raffle prize at the next Orchid Society meeting, but after my personal orchid holocaust, when I dumped a few hundred plants on the rubbish dump, I am just too happy to see flowers. As they used to say, I don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

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    interesting cross. have not seen this before. thanks for sharing

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    Agreed - a very interesting cross.

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    i thought papilionanthe got dumped back into vanda too? i could be wrong.

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    It is difficult to keep up. But if correct then Vandofinetia, unless you are prepared to accept the nonsense which makes Neofinetia a Vanda - and that is one step too far for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i thought papilionanthe got dumped back into vanda too? i could be wrong.
    Looks like Kew has accepted Papilionanthe since 2003, with no indication of any change in that currently on the website. Next week... who knows?

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