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This is a discussion on Phaius francoisii aka Gastrorchis francoisii within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Anyone familiar with Phaius tankervilliae will recognise the plant - but probably not the flowers, ...
Anyone familiar with Phaius tankervilliae will recognise the plant - but probably not the flowers, although they would think this a young P.tankervilliae some years away from flowering. The flowers are much smaller, maybe =2 inches or so across, but usually considered to be far more beautiful. I did show this plant a year ago- and I put the same pic in for reference - to show how much flowers can improve from first flowering to the next - assuming some increase in cultural quality. Far more flowers too !
Seems to be quite long lasting, since I thought of taking some pics 2 weeks ago when the first flowers opened, and it looks as though another two weeks might show them all fully out.
Last years flower spike on the left - this years on the right.
Gorgeous! Definitely one of the most beautiful of the Phaius genus.
Congratulations beautiful lip.
Vevery beautiful. Love love these species. too bad its so hard to find them in Canada