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Dendrobium shiraishu

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    Flowers now going over, but I wanted to show it - it is quite rare, only discovered and described about 20 years ago. I took it to our (UK) big show as part of the exhibit of one of the societies to which I belong, and it collected an award of Merit (AM) from the RHS judges. These are a lot rare than AOS AMs , so quite something.
    Although I think it was the sheer novelty - they tend to award things they have never seen before, instead of going for ones which are better than seen before (IMHO) but then, what orchid grower ever thinks the judges get it completely right ?
    Last year I flowered it on several canes - can't quite remember - 5 maybe. This year only on one, but the flowers are much better, so maybe they did recognise that.

    Its a plant which does not like to be away from home - I note that one of the two new growths it had on when it went away, has turned yellow - so maybe I won't show it again, anyway !

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    Congratulations Sir! That's really something I've never seen before. The veins on the Lipp are especially impressive.

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    Congrats again Geoff! Very nice!

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    It seems to me that the AOS quality awards - HCC, AM, & FCC - are properly assigned based upon superiority. For something new, a CHM - Certificate of Horticultural Merit - is appropriate, without confusing things with quality awards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    It seems to me that the AOS quality awards - HCC, AM, & FCC - are properly assigned based upon superiority. For something new, a CHM - Certificate of Horticultural Merit - is appropriate, without confusing things with quality awards.
    Many years ago, in one of my not infrequent spats with the RHS orchid committee, i wrote a formal letter to the Secretary asking for information about their awards policy ; what might be called mission statement, and/or standards. I had a reply saying that they would let me know in due course. I’m still waiting, 30 years later....
    IMHO they make it up as they go along. I have been told several times that I shall never be invited to join the committee because of my frequent criticisms . The chairman likes yes men. Not me.

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    Thanks for posting Geoff. Not too many good pics of this around. I have looked at seedling crosses with it as a parent & have been trying to get a reasonable size plant of it but tiny only available. Will have to re-assess my options. Very "interesting" as a Dend but very nice.

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