omg i love this!
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This is a discussion on Paph venustum within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This paph is a species orchid from India. It is just opening up, but I ...
This paph is a species orchid from India. It is just opening up, but I had my camera handy so I wanted to share it here in OrchidTalk. Hopefully I can get a better shot once it is finally open. Enjoy.
omg i love this!
Nice, BD! I'm hoping when my "Dark Surprise" opens, it'll have wonderful warts and hairs just like this great flower!
very colourful pouch on this.. i do like the pink of the brain!
Very nice colors. Just out of curiosity, what do judges look for when evaluating a paph like this?
Very pretty Bruce.
I know what I *think* they look for when judging, but since I am not a judge, I looked-up your question in the AOS Judges Handbook. (PDF File / link)
Here is what I found:
I hope this helps!Paphiopedilum
The great variety of paphiopedilums currently grown, from species to primary hybrids to the modern complex hybrids, makes criteria, uniformly applicable to all, impossible to define.
The majority of judged paphiopedilums are those having a single flower on an upright stem; these are scored using the Paphiopedilum point scale in Section 7.2.7. Those having several flowers on an upright or arching inflorescence are commonly termed multiflora paphiopedilums and should be scored according to the General Point Scale in Section 7.2.l, as their floriferousness and arrangement of inflorescence are of substantial importance.
In the judging of species and those hybrids with parentage near to the species, the general criterion is improvement over the ancestral type(s). The natural spread of flowers with long pendulous petals depends on the angle at which the petals are held, and the horizontal and vertical dimensions should be recorded.
The appearance of complex hybrids is the result of many generations of selective breeding that have obscured the contributions of the many species in their ancestry. The desired form of complex hybrid flowers is round, or broadly oval, with particular emphasis upon fullness, balance and proportion. The dorsal sepal should be large, rounded, slightly concave and not reflexed. The petals should be broad, and their length should be in proportion to the rest of the flower. The pouch should be full, in proportion and not protrude excessively forward. The synsepal should afford a harmonious background for the pouch; a split ventral sepal is not in itself a
defect if its effect on the overall appearance of the flower is pleasing. The stem should be proportionately tall and strong, holding the flower well above the foliage. The color of the flower should be clear and definite in well-defined areas and patterns, or harmoniously suffused, according to breeding. Due to polyploidy, substance in complex paphiopedilums is generally heavy, and is now expected as a necessary feature. Texture should be waxy or varnished. Size is based on the overall spread of the flower, with emphasis on the width of the dorsal sepal. The inflorescence should be mature enough to show the full potential of the flower or flowers.
Thanks for looking this up for me. The whole orchid judging thing seems very
I scanned through the document and was amused to find that AOS orchid judges
need to comply with a strict set of ethical guidelines (from page 28)
(9) Not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while judging or officially
representing the AOS.
I'm sure this takes all the fun out of orchid judging, LOL.
Take care, Doug
Very nice bloom and interesting info on the judging criterias.