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    Paph. (Via Quatal x Pulsar) is one of the modern-day vinicolor paphs, so named because of the rich red-purple coloration of the flowers. Once rare and prohibitively expensive, good-quality vinis are now so widely available and inexpensive that any orchid grower can afford to grow an entire collection of them. This particular vini is of the "peacock" type, so named for the green petal background and the dense constellations of warts on the petal blades.

    The key to selecting a true vinicolor seedling lies at the leaf base. The vast majority of vinis will have a prominent splash of red at the base of the plant, and this pigmentation often extends into the leaf undersurfaces as well. Only a very small percentage (1-3%) of plants will not exhibit this linkage between leaf base pigmentation and vinicolor flower coloration.

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    WOW!!! So NICE!

    I have one of these but mine doesn't have the red on the leaf... or at least only has a really tiny amount. So, the more red on the leaf the more vini the flower??? And if it only has a tiny amount will it be some sort of boring colour?

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    I have not necessarily noticed a set link between amount of red at the base and depth of color. Others should chime in, but it seems to me that as long as you have a clear splash of red at the base, it's a vini, and that may range anywhere from medium purple to really dark purple. Incidentally, you will occasionally see a plant with incredibly red leaves, including a ton of red on the *upper* surfaces of the leaves. Those flowers tend to be the darkest purple, but often they are crippled.

    if there's only a small amount of red at the base, but it is a vini cross (meaning that the parents were both vinis and the cross was bred to generate more vinis), you may end up with a "flame", which has some purple-red pigmentation but has a great deal more green in it (including a greenish/translucent teardrop-shaped patch in the middle of the dorsal). I don't have a picture of one offhand, but they are attractive.

    If it's not a flame, it may be a darkly-colored coloratum. personally, I find even a regular coloratum attractive, as long as it is well-balanced and crisp on the color.

    I put in that snippet on "choosing a vini" because you always see those ebay ads that show a photo of a hellishly dark vini flower...and then a picture of the plant that shows zero red at the leaf base. and of course the thing goes for 50 bucks. oh well.

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    Most striking.

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    hmm, I guess I should keep an open mind when mine flowers... the leaves are loverly the way they are though, with the mottling and everything and for eight bucks, I really couldn't go wrong, unless it turns out to be a fat leaved grass or something

    anyways, your plant certainly makes me want to look for these vini coloured mauds... and I'll keep my eye out for those coloured leaves.

    thanks and cheers
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    I like it , the color is beautiful . Also thanks for the info . I have a few Paphs. but don't know the ins and outs about them . Gin

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    My favorite kinds of Paphs.... Great shot, Jason!

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