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Mr. Chalit Pongsupasamit Chiangmai, Thailand
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Q: Dear Tanaka,
I have send the attached figures of the Paph. villosum (new variety ?) for you to see. Could you please tell me whether it is the new variety or not?
Paph. sp ' Siriporn's Dark Face '
A: Dear Siriporn,
Yes, it is very interesting ! I have never seen.
At first, the color of flower is very dark. Someone might say that it must be the natural hyrids between appletonianum and villosum. Of course, we can not deny it is.
But the shape and color of leavesis exactly villosum.
And the shape of flower is very similar to villosum, although in detail, the shape is diffeent a little bit from the normal clone.
Especialy the shape of pouch is differ from the typical villosum.
But fundamentally, the shape is very similar to villosum.
So I gues, it is a particular clone of villosum with darker color flowers. It might be a mutant. Of course, it should be very rare, I believe.
Some colony is occupied by the same clones of this and the colony is independent from other colonies, you may call this clone a new variety. But for only a few plants in normal plants, we don't use a new variety name. And instead of using a new variety name in order to make the plant differ from normal plants, you had better use the specific cultiver name like ' Siripon's dark face ' just you use now.
Finally, I can noy say the identication exactly. I'm very sorry.
But nobody knows....., I guess. Can you understand what I mean ?
I'll show the photo of the natural hybrid between villosum asd appletonianum for the refference that discovered before in Thailand and introdued in the book by Lance A. Birk.
The natural hybrid between villosum asd appletonianum
The reply: Dear Tanaka
Thank you so much for your quick explanation. Chalit has read your details and he said that it can not be the hybrid between villosum and appletonianum because the area that we got this plant doesn't have any of appletonianum grown around there. The appletonianum are usually found in the Eastern part of Thailand ( Jantaburi and Trad Provinces near Cambodia) but this plant was found in Chiang Doa district which is about 60 km from Chiangmai. That is why Chalit said that it can't be the hybrid between those species.
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