Very lovely Bruce. Good job.
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This is a discussion on Phrag. Cardinale 'birchwood' HCC/AOS within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Orchidzrule Stunning Bruce! I have no slipper orchids at all, but our ...
Very lovely Bruce. Good job.
Here is an update. This phrag is still putting out the blooms.. Take a look.
Phrag. Cardinale 'birchwood' HCC/AOS
after my compliments for your green fingers, its a lovely plant, just a technical question:
what's the meaning of HCC/AOS.
The short answer is it's an award designation given to that plant by the American Orchid Society (AOS).
The long answer can be read in this thread:
Nice blooms, Bruce! I had to give up on my Phrags. They just wanted more attention than I could give them. They really hated drying out! So I have enjoy yours vicariously.
Here is a copy/ paste from the AOS Awards Page. AOS = American Orchid Society
Cheers,AD (Award of Distinction) and AQ (Award of Quality)These awards for breeding recognize worthy new trends and improved quality, respectively.
AM (Award of Merit)A flower scoring 80 to 89 points on a 100-point scale. This flower-quality award is a fine though lesser achievement than the FCC.
CBR (Certificate of Botanical Recognition)Awarded to rare and unusual species with educational interest. This award is granted provisionally and filed with the judging center Chair pending the exhibitor's supplying full taxonomic verification by a taxonomist acceptable to the AOS.
CCM (Certificate of Cultural Merit)The beginning orchid grower may hope to attain this award because it recognizes the grower, rather than flower quality. The CCM/AOS may be given more than once if the plant continues to thrive and increase in both the size and number of flowers.
CCE (Certificate of Cultural Excellence)This award further distinguishes growers of plants that exhibit an extreme degree of skill in cultivation, having received 90 points or more on the scale that has been used for the Certificate of Cultural Merit (CCM).
CHM (Certificate of Horticultural Merit)Awarded to a well-grown and well-flowered species or natural hybrid with characteristics that contribute to the horticultural aspects of orchidology, such as aesthetic appeal. This award is granted provisionally and filed with the judging center Chair pending the exhibitor's supplying full taxonomic verification by a taxonomist acceptable to the AOS.
FCC (First Class Certificate)The highest flower-quality award, given to flowers scoring 90 points or more on a 100-point scale.
HCC (Highly Commended Certificate)The HCC is granted to a flower scoring 75 to 79 points on a 100-point scale. The great majority of awarded orchids receive this award, which implies that, while the flower is outstanding, there is room for improvement.
JC (Judges' Commendation)Given for distinctive characteristics that the judges unanimously feel should be recognized but cannot be scored in the customary ways.]
nice blooming! I believe this clone has an interesting history. It was awarded as a schlimii since it was labelled incorrectly at the time
Thanks McJulie and Bruce for your comments.
I am sure I have no awarded paphs in my windowsill, but still I am proud off and happy with my results.
Best wishes for 2009 to all.
Wow... I'm usually not a big fan of slippers (I often think they look creepy, or... ummm, obscene?), but this one is very pretty. It reminds me of the showy orchids of the New England woods. I fight hordes of voracious biting black flies to see them every spring. I just purchased a Paph. Eric Young flavum... I hope it is as pretty as this.
This is a Phrag, and not a Paph, which is why it does look so different. Paphs are Asian slippers. Phrags are Central American slippers, and aren't too distant from the Cyps, which are the North American slippers, such as those you stalk in the woods.
Your Eric Young would also be a Phrag. The flavum variety should be very pretty! Can't wait to see a picture of it when it blooms!