Paph. anitum can have 4 flowers
The new variety of Paph. adductum with larger and more flowers
David Sorokowsky (Accredited Judge, California-Sierra Nevada Judging Center)
Here are my comments on the Wossner Balck Wings:
Other than nice color in the dorsal, I can't find any positive attributes on this one. The color in the dorsal is what we expect with anitum as a parent.
The general color is weak, and there are multiple color breaks on the pouches. The dorsal sepals are severely hooded. The arrangement is crowded and the pouches jut forward. I would not nominate this for a quality award, and if it was nominated I would have trouble finding 70 points.
Sergey Skoropad (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Paphiopedilum Wössner Black Wings:
Important Paphiopedilum hybrid. This hybrid is not very common in US, especially compare to Johanna Burkhardt. I believe that these two hybrids are different and should be judged separately, although sometimes they looks very similar and difficult to say which one is which one when you look at them together without the names. I think Paph. adductum and Paph. anitum are two different species and it just a time when WCSP (Kew) will recognize anitum as the separate species. Keep Paphiopedilum Wössner Black Wings separate from Paphiopedilum Johanna Burkhardt by RHS and AOS (OrchidPro) make sense.
Regarding our current candidate. I like dark color of the dorsal, 3 flowers on one inflorescence is fine for this multifloral hybrid. Size of the flowers is in the range, little smaller than I like to see. However, color is not intense as I expected. Dorsal sepals are severely hooded, multiple color breaks on pouches. I will pass this time.
This plant has a potential and I would like to see this plant in a few years.
Filippo Pilloni (Associate Judge, Società Felsinea di Orchidofilia, Bologna, Italy)
Interesting flowering in some aspects but not so in others.
Very large flower but unfortunately sparse and the synsepal is a little too closed and closed distally. Not enough flowers per stem.
Very interesting the color of the dorsal sepal, which is not the usual dark color, but instead is dominated by a golden yellow. The presentation of the flowers on the stem is not at top levels for the grex.
I would like to see the next flowering to see if there are any improvements.
For this flowering I feel like giving a 73/74 points.
Aldo Rozzo (Associate Judge, Società Felsinea di Orchidofilia, Bologna, Italy)
Being a grower and admirer of multifloral Paphiopedilums, I’m very intrigued by this cultivar of Paph. Wossner Black Wings. The proportions between the flower segments and the relationship between them is fascinating. The width of the petals and the synsepal are very generous, certainly noteworthy. The dorsal sepal, slightly pointed at the apex recalls the adductum parent. The yellow color is also interesting, I wonder if the cultivar ’Rex' is among the ascendants of the Paph. rothschildianum used to make this strain.
The 'Rex' is known for the typical cream-yellow coloring in the background. The general aspect of this WBW clearly favors the Paph. adductum - the actual leaves recall the adductum more than the rothschildianum, likewise for the flower. Personally I really appreciate the WBWs more similar to the adductum that the rothschildianum, unfortunately this is not the case here. The aperture of the flowers, the number of flowers, concave dorsal and synsepal enormously penalize this cultivar. The stripes of the dorsal could be wider, so as to blend into one another, as it often happens in this grex.
The presentation of the flowers on the stem is not as graceful as it could be. The only aspect that could improve in the future is the number of flowers, I don't think I can hypothesize a better form in the future, the multiflorals tend to open simultaneously, consequently the limited opening of the flower should not be attributed to pictures taken prematurely. My score stands on an HCC of 75.
Stefano Bioni (Associate Judge, Società Felsinea di Orchidofilia, Bologna, Italy)
Good general color, from a cross with P. adductum one would expect a more intense color, the sepals could be much less concave, only three flowers on a stem are rather few for this cross - I would not admit it for judging.
Alejandro Capriles (Accredited Judge, Società Felsinea di Orchidofilia, Bologna, Italy, retired AOS Judge)
Rather striking flowers at first sight, but not striking enough for this grex, one of the most notable multifloral hybrids to date. I personally prefer the cultivars that favor the adductum parent rather than the rothschildianum, particularly for the color. This cultivar strongly favors the roth parent, particularly for flower shape. Not enough flowers also penalize this plant. I would score no more than 74 points, hoping that an extra flower on the stem on the next flowering may increase my score.
Joseph Maciaszek (Accredited Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
The candidate Paphiopedilum Wössner Black Wings has three flowers on a staked inflorescence while the flowers have some good attributes there also issues with flowers. Let’s start off with some of the positive points. One trait I like is the petal stance, they have broad shoulders before sweeping down with pleasant twisting. A second trait is both sepals have a nice yellow back color with dark stripes. In the dorsal the stripes can be broad and evenly distributed across. A third is the darkly colored pouch of the flower. The dark colors are what one would expect based on the parents of the cross.
What are the things that I don’t like in the presentation? A minor issue is the crowding of the flowers on the inflorescence, which I could look past if there wasn’t a major issue with the flower form and to a lesser extent the size of the flower. The size of the flower and some of the segments are noticeably smaller than the awarded clones. What really precludes me from being able to point this plant is the dorsal sepal, which is very curved and hooded. The awarded flowers have a nice erect dorsal sepal and are relatively flat. I believe the plant has potential to overcome these issues and to be pointable but this flowering is not a plant that I would nominate.