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This is a discussion on Odontonia Boussole Blanche within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This grex was one of the first plants meristemmed when the process was first put ...
This grex was one of the first plants meristemmed when the process was first put into commercial use - by a certain well-known nursery in Paris, France. Meristemming was invented - although not in the form we know now, by a French scientist who was working trying to produce old varieties of potatoes free from a virus which inhibits their commercial value ; so naturally, when it did become a practical process, this French nursery was among the first to use it. ( It happens that I was a Patent Attorney in my working life- long-since retired - and I advised a trade association about patents on this subject , some 35 years ago ).
Whatever . It is a plant I had in my collection back then , but not recently ; then I saw it on offer almost a year ago and bought a plant. This is the first flowering. Not yet up to the standard I expect and demand. I put it into S/H which it likes , but it takes 2 or 3 years tro see really amazing results I find . By the next flowering it should double-spike all the time, with 7-9 flowers per spike. Unless of course this is from a meristem of a meristem of a meristem... in which case the germ tissue may have changed subtly , as happens with any plant over-produced. We'll see. But it looks good to me for a first flowering.And white odonts are so nice, don't you agree ?
( White odonts have been used in the wedding bouquets of royal brides - including our present Queen and her daughter, Princess Anne the Princess Royal (disn't you know I'm a Brit ?) - and that's another story.
What a beauty!! Thanks for sharing.
Enjoyed the back ground information Geoff and the blooms are of course very regal. Love the markings on the white base.
Wow another white beauty !
elegant and showy!
Very pristine flowers, and I like the random red dots on the petals. It is a classic that I would like to have in my collection. Congratulations, and thanks for the info.
Beautiful blooms and thank you sir for the background information. I love learning history behind orchids. Really cool.
Very nice, Geoff! I esp love the random spots, or lack there of!