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Paph. Hilo Quatal (vini)

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    Paph. Hilo Quatal 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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    I, for one, would be very interested in some .... any cultural notes on raising paph's. Or maybe they just aren't my cup of tea! Anyway, jason, you seem to have some iteresting info....tell us more of what you know...we're all ears. I'd like to be able to flower paphs like the ones I posted under a recent thread, "Floer Production"..

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    Beautiful and elegant! I am constantly wowed by the vini paphs. Thanks for the information about the leaf pigmentation too. I had admired the splash of maroon color on the foliage base but never realized it was only on the vini paphs.

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    in addition to brachys & parvis, which have varying amounts of spotting under the leaves, some of the Maudiae-type species (i.e. wardii, appletonianum) have natural leaf base pigmentation. crossing them may pass on some amount of leaf base pigmentation to the offspring. for example, I have a nicely colored (but not vini) Satchel Paige (wardii x Vintner's Treasure) with a good amount of red at the base. however, for today's advanced vini breeding lines, you're looking for a good suffusion of red at the base, which often extends well into the rest of the leaf undersurface (assuming you want the vini form, of course). some of them have a little red on the top surface as well, the so-called "double factor" vinis. they're definitely not a requirement for vinicolor but I've never seen one of these not be vini.

    one more thing, I've seen a few plants that have so much red that the leaves (above and below) seem to have more red than green. these flowers are hellishly dark but are often crippled, so buyer beware. at least nowadays, you can get a BS/spiking vini from decent breeding lines for under 25 bucks, so it's not as much of a risk as when they first came out 20-25 years ago, where people paid upwards of 1000 bucks for unbloomed vinis.

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    Thanks for the info. I learned something new . Beautiful Paph.
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    petals are fantastic

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    really lovely! I could look at this for hours.... as usual great info!

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    nice one Jason!!!

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    Wow, I'm in awe of your knowledge. And your paph is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and your lovely chid with us Jason.

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