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Anticipation. A Flower on my paph.

This is a discussion on Anticipation. A Flower on my paph. within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; The Good This thread is continued from here . It regards the hitherto unknown identity ...

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    Talking Anticipation. A Flower on my paph.

    The Good

    This thread is continued from here. It regards the hitherto unknown identity of a Paphiopedilum I recently acquired, origins completely unknown. It was and still is, a fun exercise in guessing, ok: determining step-by-step what species/hybrid it is. Here is what I've found out so far, with a LOT of help from the forum members.
    The way things are looking now, thanks to forum-member bench72 , it's a Paph. Addicted Philip (P. philippinense x P. adductum var. anitum)
    Though similar in Gothic appeal as is the main species adductum, the anitum is special in some ways; firstly it's STUNNING! Google for it on images, and you'll see. The plant were talking about here is 'but' a hybrid, and it's not nearly as dark, big or majestic as its parent. It still rocks though.
    AFAIK, it's pretty rare in the wild. It's also named since 1989, which would make it and it's hybrids illegal to trade or possess in all counties that signed the CITES-treaty.
    CITES is an agreement on the conservation of species (other than man, that is) focusing on protection through legislation. Now, some countries take a more pragmatic approach concerning hybrids, reasoning that hybrids have little to add in the way of protecting a species, and to a certain extent rightfully so, me believes. I THINK I happen to live in one of those countries.

    Bench, I've got to say that you must be right on the money with anitum. Those little windows on the upper part of the dorsal? Since I saw some pics, I now can see what Koopowitz meant. Naturally, not the full glory of this is transferred to its children, but its still there plain to to see.
    Strangely, the darkness that resides on the inside of the sepalum does not really show on the outside. Only when one back-lites can one see the blotch that is there on the other side.
    Now that two out of four are open, the dramatic effect multiplies. Also, because the sepalum is quite horizontal, it benefits from low standpoints, increasing the 'little shop of horrors'-effect even more. (pic1&2, love the shadow on the ceiling!)
    Size does matter, doesn't it? right now, the natural spread is 7cm, or 2,8" the total length, including petals is 15cm, or 6"(pic3). If the dorsal sepal decides to go completely vertical, a maximum of 5cm, or 2" could be added to the lenght. Flower #2 is is maybe 5-10% smaller, but is still growing. Flower #3 is now in day1-stage and #4 is still completely closed and rather diminutive. I've propped-up the stalk with a loose anchor, which I can tighten a mm a day. I hope this will correct the horizontal stance of the stalk a bit. I was late in doing so, and I have no light from above (literally, that is). The stalk is soooo strong. It's really only there for orthopedic reasons, not for support.
    I've commented before on how the color does not come out perfectly in my flash-shots. So, the last pic is with natural light. I don't have the set-up for a au-naturel backlight shot to show off the 'windows'. I think I have to find the exact moment the light falls into my apartment in just the right way.

    I'm loving this and I love my Addicted Philip. No rehab for me! And the good thing is, my wife has not put scissors to it out of envy! (yet...)

    Greetz,
    Andries
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    Unhappy The Bad

    There also some not-so-good news.
    Flower #1 has a disfigured staminode; asymmetrical and some growth on one of its anthers (if that's what it is). See pic for this. Fortunately the sepalum is almost horizontal, so only a close observation at eyes' height reveals it. It does not hurt the flowers' appearance much. The second flower looks fine though. I could not get a clear shot of it 'cause it's still too closed.

    The second flower has a slight 'dent' in the pouch's front. Again, nothing too serious, and I even recall adductum-pics where this seems to be a trait. Not sure about that though.

    Lastly, it's pretty hot here in Holland at the moment, for April. I guess you guys in the USA (west-coast especially, I hear) know all about that. When I came home today, humidity had dropped to 25%! Luckily, I used some time yesterday to seek out new life and new civi... sorry... seek out a humidity tray that I can use. There really aren't any to be found. Had to improvise.
    I put a half-inch layer of expanded clay spheres in a large tray, sat a grating on top (the type sold in hardware stores to roll your latex-roller on when painting the walls and such). Put a liter of deionized water in it, which left a quarter inch of fluid in the tray, just visible through the gaps between the speres. Wafted fog from a ultrasonic fogger over it for 15 minutes. All that raised the humidity to 50% two hours later.
    Up 'till now, 55% was normal in my apartment. This does not bode well for the rest of the summer. My wife would have a fit if I slowly transformed the living into a greenhouse, and it would spell disaster for my books. God, I love my wife and my books too! I hope my paphs will take kindly to my best possible efforts.

    Greetings, with sweat-drop on my forehead,

    Andries
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    Cool The Ugly

    Are you kidding? Here be orchids. There's no ugly.

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    Too much measuring......This orchid is a dream!!!!!! I've been following this post even before I registered here!!!!!!

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    ummm... I WANT IT! ( I don't think I need to say anymore about how much I love this plant!)

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    I love her too!! To my eyes, she's just perfect!!

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    Talking hi :))

    oh yea-love it very much

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    Thanks for all your comments. And no Tim, That's really not necessary any more.
    Now that new developments on Audrey's #1 flower have slowed to a dribble, I'll still be taking a pic-a-day, but post as a collage in a few days (or that's the idea anyway). I've also taken the BIG step (for me) to use a personal avatar. I'm usually pretty protective of my online identity, but this place has given me such a good vibe, I think its a step I can take (Thanks, Bruce ).

    Greetz,
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    And it's very nice to have a face to put with the name. I'd change mine if my photo wasn't so ooooooooogly!! I became a photographer so I wouldn't have to be at that end of the lens.

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    Andries, your Addicted Philip just rocks! I have so enjoyed reading about your detective work in getting the plant identified and watching the developing flowers--almost as good as being there! And I understand your reluctance to post a photo of yourself and how doing so is a big step. You've probably noticed the "Pic of yourself" thread on the forum. I was very reluctant to post photos of me on it and I really found I had to steel myself to get past it. At the same time, it's great to see what everybody looks like, and I agree with your comment about this forum's good vibe.

    Cheers,
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