Fantastic Classic :-)
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This is a discussion on Paph Claire de Lune 'Edgar van Belle' FCC/RHS within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; In some eyes the best of the alba maudiae types ; awarded a very long ...
In some eyes the best of the alba maudiae types ; awarded a very long time ago ; since it is only propagated slowly, and of course cannot be tissue propagated, it still commands a high price.
The very tall stem is considered a plus point ( I don't particularly rate this feature - but it does help in mounting displays.) Large flower - goes without saying , some 5 inch spread on a well-grown specimen.
I want two or more spikes ; I now have two near FS growths and a third smaller, so may get there next year. Of course I shan't divide !
Paph growers drool about the foliage, so do non-orchidists to some extent, certainly they make attractive plants when out of flower, too.
Fantastic Classic :-)
Classic and elegant! What a lovely slipper orchid!
I love the green ones I was going to say the foliage alone would be worth a second look! A beautiful plant - as usual.
Geoff, do you know when this was awarded by the RHS? The first AOS award was 1940 (registered in 1927). I had a little trouble tracking down the award because I was looking for Claire de Lune (that's the spelling I always had in my mind); in fact, it's Clair, without the 'e'. I guess if I could read any French besides a menu, I would have known. The other part of the name that seems to get adulterated (I suspect mostly by native English speakers) is the clonal name, which is actually Edgard instead of Edgar. Do you have any Idea who the man was? There's a cattleya hybrid named after him. In any case, an impressive flower, even after all these years.
I think this was awarded by the RHS in 1935 after a little research
Sanders had a Belgian nursery before the Hitler war, and I understood van Belle to be a good customer - but I'll chasd up these points ; I do have a record of all the RHS awards up to about 10 years ago , but it is on a CD which modern kit won't read - I will have a play with it to see if I can get it to work and that should fix it.
I find it got an AM/RHS in 1935 actually 16 July- shown by a Mr Cowan. Either my idea that it got an FCC is wrong, or it was post 2003 - when my CD was made.
I'll follow up the Edgard van Belle line later.
Awesome bloom of a fantastic oldie but goodie hybrid..
Awesome... bloom but then I noticed the foliage... my jaw dropped... thanks for sharing.