Awarded and Non Awarded Compared
( 2 photos)
‘Monster’ HCC photo by Ramon de los Santos (also the grower)
with the dorsal sepal projected forward in
the photo by Kenyon is the most common. The flattening
out of the
dorsal sepal and the larger, rounder, and flatter shape of
‘Monster’ HCC is an example of
of breeding for awarded orchid flowers. There is thought that in nature
the forward projected sepal found in slipper
orchids keeps water out of
the pouch. Water in the pouch could drown the pollinator or make the
flower to heavy for the stem.
As orchid breeding for awards changes the
dimensions of flower parts, there are questions about the usefulness of
for conservation. Judging orchids for awards is an
important part of orchid horticulture. It would be interesting to see
orchids will look like 100 years from now.
Paphiopedilum spicerianum photo by Gordon
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