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This is a discussion on Paph Martha Torrance "Doris" within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; An old friend of mine who knows more about these orchids than most people reckons ...
An old friend of mine who knows more about these orchids than most people reckons that plants go through something like a five year cycle of variation in quality of bloom. This is perhaps the bottom end for this plant, which in fact has not bloomed for a few years - not due to any cycle, but simply after a house move, the paphs did not like their new conditions and it has taken a long time to adjust matters to their liking, which I'm confiodsent I have done, and then I have to grow them in these better conditions and keep it up, for a few more years to see them at their best. Now they are starting to bloom again, but not quite of the best quality, yet. But I'm an optiimist - next season will be better- always.
So Martha ' here can have flatter blooms, and a bit bigger too, She is an old friend of mine , originally registered in 1959 by a D J Torrance of Seattle, grows (normally) easy, regularly gave me divisions, and has long lasting flowers too, like all these complex paphs.
This orchid bloom appears almost round.