Deb Boersma (Student Judge, Great Lakes Judging Center)
What a cute little flower, with an nice wide, white dorsal with contrasting dark burgundy stripes, it is less reflexed and not pinched like the dorsal compared to many of the awarded plants. Petals are nicely striped mahogany with goffered margins and the pouch is a good size and has nice venation. Form looks relatively flat compared too many awarded plants, the petals have a nice horizontal stance but not as goffered as many awarded plants. A little more goffering in the petals would have given the flower more appeal. Nice yellow contrasting staminode and the natural spread falls within the average based on the last 10 awarded plants.
Overall, I like this plant however I would have liked more goffering on the petals, but the thing that really bothers me and my eyes just kept going to it, is the unsymmetrical or uneven pattern of the vertical, burgundy stripes on the dorsal. The two stripes on the right look as if they were almost drawn on the dorsal with a thick marker.
I would not nominate this plant for a quality award.
Will Bottoms (Student Judge, Carolinas Judging Center)
I absolutely adore the species in Section Paphiopedilum and tranlienianum is certainly no exception. This particular cultivar is very charming. The richness of the color is pleasing, particularly on the petals and the pouch. I’m impressed by the consistency of the rolling/ruffling along the margins of the petals. The measurements seem to be in line with the awards on record. That being said I do have a few critiques as well. While most of the segments of the flower appear to be symmetrical, the pouch is slightly off center (it leans to the left when viewed face on). The right side of the basal portion of the dorsal sepal has a problem with form. The right side of the dorsal also has some issues with color - it is not symmetrical with the left side of the dorsal. I also don’t particularly care for the pinched apices of the petals over the more rounded ones in the awards record.
I think that this particular cultivar has award potential in the future, but unfortunately on this flowering I don’t think I would nominate it.
Sergey Skoropad (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
I love this species and always want it in our collection. Very compact size and 12 AOS awards in short time (8 years!) make this species very desirable.
Our particular candidate has large flower compared to many existing awarded flowers. Nice presentation, flower displayed above foliage. Color is great. I like horizontal petals and wide dorsal.
I can see some asymmetry on the pouch. Also asymmetry on the bottom of the dorsal.
I think asymmetry will preclude award, however if it will be nominated could be scored in HCC range.
This flower definitely has great potential and could bloom as perfect flower. Symmetrical flower and same large size could be AM quality.
Kudos to grower, please bring it next time!
Deb Bodei (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
I have seen a few of these in person aside from the one I grow and the first thing I noticed is that the stem is shorter here. The stem only counts for five points, but it does have an impact on the impression of overall form.
Overall symmetry is good except for the uneven curvature or crimping on the right lower side of the dorsal. The purple markings on the dorsal are also uneven and heavier on the right, and not crisp. The petals have a nice stance and are symmetrical even in the margin undulations. The staminode is nice. If the synsepal was a little larger it would give the candidate a little fuller look with less of a ‘gaping open mouth’ appearance in the pouch. It’s a flat flower and the dorsal has a nice stance even from the side but that could be the staking.
Color and size are good. The color is similar to Woodstream’s Black Canyon with an HCC several years back. The texture is nice and glossy.
The flaws prevented me from scoring it high enough to award, so I would have to pass on nominating it on this flowering. I did enjoy having the chance to assess this interesting species and thank the grower for bringing it to us.
Laura Newton (Accredited Judge, Florida North-Central Judging Center)
This is a very nice representative of this species.
I am first struck by the bilateral symmetry of this candidate, and then by the horizontal carriage and almost exact undulation of the petals.
The size of this flower compares well, and it has great balance.
The colors are vibrant.
My only real issue is the square jaw of the pouch, but that is not enough to keep me from scoring it.
For me this cultivar would score in the AM 83 pts.
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Carrie Buchman (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Bigger than average for AM awards. Nice orthogonal petal stance with almost symmetrical ruffles. Strong central alignment from dorsal through staminode. Green boss shows well against the yellow staminode.
Looks like it has been clipped to show the flower at a better angle. Natural Size is comparable and consistent with average for flower quality awards to this species. Petals are slightly wider and shorter than the averages. Petals twist slightly forward. However, the shorter, slightly twisted petals to not detract from the balance of the flower.
There is a small protuberance just off-center in the pouch which shouldn’t be there. Perhaps this won’t be there on a subsequent flowering, in which case bring it back!