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Phal. Penang Girl 'Ching Ruey'

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    Default Phal. Penang Girl 'Ching Ruey'

    Wahoo! She finally opened!

    Phal. Penang Girl is a primary Phal hybrid (violacea x venosa). I got this plant a year ago Feb, and it put out its first flower spike in mid-Oct. It was so slow growing, I thought it had stalled, but it continued growing at the slowest pace imaginable. After 6 months, the first flower opened this morning!

    It's still not completely open, but I couldn't resist a quick photo. (After 6 months, can you blame me?) The spike is also quite short. There's one more obvious bud, but who knows, more might emerge over the next several months...

    The color in the photo is accurate. There's more violacea in the flower, and less of the green-brown of venosa that you see in many Penang Girls.

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    OMG, six months!!! Thank God its a gorgeous bloom!
    I admire your patience, but then again, what else can we do but sit on our hands and wait. Its not like we will throw the plant out just cuase it takes 6 months for a spike to bloom.

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    Very nice, Julie!

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    outstanding color! (should be fragrant too?)

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    Thanks, all!

    Yes Jason, it's fragrant, but not sweet. It's not unpleasant though. It's that green smell that you get when you've been weeding in the garden.

    I'll leave it to Sir Speedo, with his heightened olfactory sense, to provide the precise term...

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    wonderful flower

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    Very nice, Julie!
    I have a few phal hybrids and species that do that with their spike. I just don't pay attention to them! But the spike will stay with the plant like forever and it will keep on blooming for many MANY years! Eventually keiki will sprout on the spike and voila, you got a safety plant!
    Fragrance for these sorts of orchids? Well, most of us must have sniffed the violacea. This fragrance might have notes, i.e. a light component that you smell almost immediately and a heavy component that you only recognize a bit later. At first, it is a bit citrusy then a scent that is a combination of sweetness mixed with spicyness (a hybrid of rose/freesia/lilly of the valley).
    How about that?

    Cheers. Hoa.

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    At last ! Very pretty worth the wait , mine looks like yours . Gin

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    I reread your post, Gin, having remembered it from the not too distant past...

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...31530#poststop

    Your flower has much more yellow/green at the outer edges of the petals and sepals. That's closer to what I was expecting. No complaints here, though!

    How long did yours bloom, and how many flowers did you have total?

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    Wonderful colour! Well worth the six years it took to bloom (after all when it comes to flowers.. a moment is a lifetime) ... i needs to get me a penang girl!

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