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A couple of weenies.. Furan 'Dohua, and an ex-Maxillaria with a jawbreaking name...

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    Default A couple of weenies.. Furan 'Dohua, and an ex-Maxillaria with a jawbreaking name...

    Neofinetia falcata "Dohua" . The Japanese Furan, or wind orchid. Something of a cult there ( Japan) it seems, with lots and lots of named varieties, differing in having blue, or purple or green or yellow tinted flowers ( instead of all white) or sometimes in some detail of the shape of the leaves or even colour of the root tips. It is possible to pay an awful lot of money for a perfect specimen of one of the rarer kinds - that's Japanese culture ! Fascinating and inscrutable to the occidental (me) .
    I have collected just a few ; this one it seems differs also in having a very early flowering time ; my "tipo" - the " ornery kind" usually flowers in July.
    My second offering is Rhetrinantha notylioglossa - theres a name to conjure with - oops - IOSPE tells me its a Maxillaria again !
    Flowers a little over 1cm natural spread - thats a 4 inch pot you can see . Not an orchid I had ever heard of, under either name. But our - as from now - almost last remaining proper orchid nursery , raising all kinds of of species from seed , has done quite a few miniature Maxillaria species - mostn of which have been separated out into more and more genera I have never heard of - , and i wanted to support them ( the nursery) , so have bought most of these as and when released ; apart from which I bet no-one else in my Society has them, and I do like to be a bit different.
    I'm not really sure why the orchid trade is in such doldrums - anyone who wants an earful of economic politics had better PM me privately - |I won't hold my breath.
    Me - like many of my friends of my age, I'm into what we calls SKIing = Spending the Kids Inheritance ...
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    Wow - those are lovely, Geoff. I really appreciate all the information you give us with the great photographs.

    And I love the SKIing!!

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    Love the neo .... I have difficulty with those.

    My folks occasionally joke about spending our inheritance. My sis and I though, just respond "Why the heck not? Afterall you earned it. You should spend it on yourselves!"

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    Thanks Geoff for the interesting info. Not only are the Japanese inscrutable to you, Geoff, but to an oriental like me too - weeell, that might be due in part to the fact that I am , what your generation used to refer to, as a wog (westernised oriental gentleman). LOL.

    Is that SKI a registered society? Sure would like to be a member. HEHEHE

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    Always love to here the related stories accompanying your photos. And the plants are nicee too...

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    Great information and orchid story Geoff! Thanks for always sharing so much in your postings here. Lovely orchid. I have a couple Neofinetia falcata orchids and enjoy them.

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    The Neo is gorgeous. Is this form also very costly? I know a nursery that specializes in Neo and Sedriea from Japan and they are potted in moss in ceramic pots but each cost 200 euros plus!!

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    I happened to find someone in UK offering these Japanese named clones , and bought half a dozen for a total of say US$120 . They are all the size of the one shown here, or larger, and I think I got a bargain.
    Previously they were on sale here by a US dealer who used to come to one or more of our shows each year - now I think going a out of business after the loss of his wife, and his prices were far higher.

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