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Paph. Susan Tucker 'Lottie' HCC/AOS, S/CSA

This is a discussion on Paph. Susan Tucker 'Lottie' HCC/AOS, S/CSA within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I love white complexes. This famous grex is Shalimar x F.C. Puddle. The quest for ...

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    Default Paph. Susan Tucker 'Lottie' HCC/AOS, S/CSA

    I love white complexes. This famous grex is Shalimar x F.C. Puddle.



    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. Susan Tucker 'Lottie' is one of the "oldies-but-goodies" in white complex paphs. While many whites have since surpassed it in both size and form, Paph. Susan Tucker remains a very nice example of the type, reliably producing crisp 3.5" snow white flowers with a dusting of fine maroon spots. As is true with most of the white complexes, the flowers open up with distinct yellow overlays that fade to white as the flowers "mature".

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    That is stunning, Jason. I love the fact that it starts off with the yellow overlay that fades to a pristine white. It is like having two different blooms to enjoy on the same blooming spike.

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    Beauty never ages... and as always the write up is such a good read... thanks Jason.

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    Awsome Jason and educational, as always. Thanks for sharing.

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    lovely white paph

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney View Post
    ...their rarity still puts them well beyond the grasp of the average paph grower...
    very true indeed...one day I'll find one

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    well the top ones are hard to get a hold of (unless you have that money to spare and are willing to spend it on a plant). cultivars like this one are very affordable these days. some people still ask 200-300 for a mature 1-2 growth plant of these and similar cultivars but if you look around you can eventually get that same plant for 50-75...

    and they're not hard to grow!

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