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Paph. Dollcevita - glamour shots

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    Pulled out the velvet for glamour shots, now that the third is open. This first to open now has a N.S. of 14cm. Looks like it'll just have 3 blooms this time around (first bloom), but they all opened pretty quickly for one of these cochlo crosses, so on subsequent bloomings I might get 4 open at once.


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    Really great blooms! Love the hairs!

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    Stunning photography, Sue!

    I actually dug back the other day for your thread, just to admire this flower again. I really like this cross!

    I'm surprised you can support so many simultaneous flowers. I thought the Cochlos were like a Sorcerer's Apprentice Phrag - drop perfectly healthy flowers cause the next one's about to open. Maybe the simultaneous blooms come from the Coryo influence...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    I'm surprised you can support so many simultaneous flowers. I thought the Cochlos were like a Sorcerer's Apprentice Phrag - drop perfectly healthy flowers cause the next one's about to open. Maybe the simultaneous blooms come from the Coryo influence...
    You got it. Most of these Cory x Cochlo crosses will put forth about 5 blooms total, but with only a maximum of 3 open at once; this is a middle ground between the simultaneously multifloral parent and the successively multifloral parent. My Henrietta Fujiwara put out a total of 7 flowers, max of 3 open at a time. It was in bloom for maybe 4 months total, and the spike was almost a meter long by the end.

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    Definately 1 to look out for.
    Very impressive.

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    Beautiful Sue! The plant looks so tiny for such huge blooms. I hope you get 4+ on the next bloom cycle! Our Henrietta Fujiwara is doing what you mentioned. I cannot remember more than three blooms, but it always seems to have more buds about to open. I have never counted the total number of blooms on it. I like it because it is multifloral, but since it is only light green, I ignore it a bit. I like a paph with some color! The Dollcevita you show here is amazing. It reminds me of Paph. Shireen a bit -- maybe one of the same parents or grandparents in the mix?

    Anyway, very cool blooms and awesome photography!

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    Oh - sorry! Dollcevita is (liemianum x St. Swithin). Leafspan is around 40cm, or 16". So it's about a 3:8 ratio of bloom natural spread to leafspan.

    I never thought about it before, but the N.S.:LS ratio would be an interesting thing to keep track of.

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    Very impressive photography!

    With the mix of fun paph quizzes and beautiful photos like these I am learning so much more than I ever could just from books.

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    (Hint for future quizzes: Cochlopetalum species are very similar to one another. Paph. liemianum has a distinctive feature; the dorsal has a "halo". If you look at the Dollcevita, you can see just a hint of this halo.)

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    Hmm...liemianum certainly has a halo, but I remembered that victoria-mariae does also (not that you see this species or its crosses much), so I pulled out my Cribb, and glaucophyllum also has a halo.

    Bruce, Paph. Shireen is glaucophyllum x philippinense
    http://ladyslipper.com/1261j.htm (not the greatest picture)

    Dollcevita is primulinum x St. Swithin (St. Swithin is rothschildianum x philippinense, for Paph newbies)

    And I think Dollce looks a lot like Paph. Transvaal, which is chamberlainianum (aka victoria-regina) x rothschilianum.
    http://ladyslipper.com/901j.htm

    So all three have a Cochlo parent (and as Sue says, they're very similar) and not just a Coryo parent, but either rothschildianum, phillipinense, or both!

    Quite cool!

    As for Henrietta Fujiwara, I think yours Sue was an RVO plant, as was mine. I got 8 blooms last year (right when I bought it) with only two open at once. This year I only got three blooms but all three were open together. I get a bit lazy on fertilizing, which I figured was why I got fewer blooms. If I were to be extra diligent about watering and feeding, when would it most influence the number of blooms? During spike formation?

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