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Paph. Salty 'Val' PHOTO

This is a discussion on Paph. Salty 'Val' PHOTO within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I'm not much of a fan of the complex paphs in general, but for some ...

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    I'm not much of a fan of the complex paphs in general, but for some reason I really love the whites. Salty 'Val' is a famous old clone that is a total weed and has been propagated semi-extensively. The flowers open up with a yellow overlay that fades substantially with age--after a few weeks the flower becomes almost pure white.



    "The quest for the elusive white complex paphiopedilum began in the early part of the 20th century with the English orchid gardener F.C. Puddle. It is a line of breeding that has been fraught with difficulty over the years, both in terms of low fertility and small flower size that lagged far behind those of the other complex paphs. Nevertheless, three-quarters of a century of hybridization has produced some absolutely stunning white complexes in recent years, although their rarity still puts them well beyond the grasp of the average paph grower.

    Paph. Salty 'Val' is one of the "oldies-but-goodies" in white complex paphs, having received its AOS award in 1969. While many whites have since surpassed it in both size and form, Paph. Salty remains a nice example of the type, reliably producing crisp 3.5" snow white flowers with a dusting of fine maroon spots and a soft yellow overlay."

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    Its beautiful, Jmoney. I like the wavy edge.

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    That's very nice, Jason. It even *looks* waxy. Why don't you like complex paphs?

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    Default Val

    Is this your plant??? Nice plant not to love...

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    thanks. for the record, I *love* white complexes. and maybe the true greens. I just can't say the same for the more standard-colored "bulldogs". Not that I hate them or anything, just that I don't share the same zeal...(yet)

    and yes, I've had this plant for a little over a year. At risk of spamming, this is the previous blooming...much whiter, since the photo was taken near the end of that flower's lifespan...


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    spammer. heh just kidding. Very nice flower man. I especially like it as it whitens up.

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    The color difference is really marked--that's pretty wild. I like the form better in the previous blooming.... (less ruffle on the petals and the larger synsepal...)

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    It has another spike just getting started, so we can have a "rubber" flower, so to speak (for those who enjoy the flavor of Spam ®). The synsepal is actually about the same size, but it's well-hidden on this one for some reason. The angle of the photo may also have something to do with it.

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    I just wish I had more control over the way the flowers turn out from one blooming to the next. On some plants, the word "clone" is totally appropriate. They come out the same each and every time. On others, not only the color but the shape is so different, if you didn't know better, you'd almost think it's not the same plant. Temps and blooming season will change the color, but the form change has me completely clueless.

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    I like them both.....it does wig you out when a flower changes though.

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