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Neofinetia falcata 'Jucheanwang'

This is a discussion on Neofinetia falcata 'Jucheanwang' within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Anoher from my small collection of special clnes of this orchid. I have not yet ...

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    Default Neofinetia falcata 'Jucheanwang'

    Anoher from my small collection of special clnes of this orchid. I have not yet discovered a translation or transliteration fo the clonal name - any information welcomed !
    I love the way the spikes have arranged themselves , without any help from mke , apart from a short lecture about what is expected of such a distinguished clone etc, blah, blah, blah... but it seems to have got the message.

    More seriously ( I suppose I have to stop this levity or you will all know that I am a bit unhinged, like most orchid nuts, instead of merely suspecting it ) I had never noticed before the habit of three flowers on one spike. I thought they were separate spikes. But after examining pictures of my "ordinary" clone from previous years - it's not in spike yet - I see that it does the same thing, although perhaps the point at which they branch is lower down and normally hidden.

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    Beautiful flowers, and I love the purple coloring on the spikes with the white flowers. Healthy looking beauty you've got there!

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    That's lovely! Do you have it mounted on something that sits within the net pot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    That's lovely! Do you have it mounted on something that sits within the net pot?
    Its just a mound of sphagnum moss.

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    I wonder if the clonal name is another spelling for Yu-Chen Wang who is a contemporary artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Its just a mound of sphagnum moss.
    Thanks! I recently mounted my little neofineta in sphagnum moss on an upside down clay pot. Seeing how your roots are tells me more what to look forward to. Mine is quite small, so I'll show it your pictures and let it know what I expect in a couple years.

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    Beautiful!

    So, I showed my son a picture of a neofinetia falcata not too long ago, and he says "well, I can see why it is named that!" Since it wasn't that obvious to me, I asked him to enlighten me. Apparently, it is type of curved sword, taking its name from the Latin, falcatus.

    From wikipedia: "Roman armies in the Second Punic War and later, during the Conquest of Hispania, were surprised about the quality of these weapons, used by Iberian mercenaries and warriors. The overall quality of the falcata came not only from the shape, but also from the quality of the iron. Steel plates were buried in the ground for two to three years, corroding the weakened steel from them. The blade was made from three laminas of this steel, joining them in a bloomery. Due to the strength of the falcata, the Roman Legions reinforced their shield borders and their armours and hand weapons were redesigned, and it is probable that the falcata influenced the later designs of the standard Roman legionary weapon, the Gladius."

    Interesting, huh?

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    Fascinating Kathi . I knew a little about the laminated blades ( fasciati - and hence the fascists were many joining together to be strong - at least thats what Mussolini said.. but the burying in the ground bit really has me going - I did some work with the special alloy lads in the early days of space stuff - I probably signed the Official Secrets Act in 1960 and if I open my lips about those days I could sent to the Tower of London ( dungeons department) .. so I'll say no more.

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    Very interesting. Who knew that orchids would lead me to a greater (greater than zero, that is) knowledge of ancient weaponry!

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