dendrobium avril's gold 'ray' hcc/aos
In 1996 I bought a small Dendrobium speciosum for $30. Eventually it started blooming but it bloomed in July, August etc and did not look like the usual Dend speciosum. In 2002 we were privileged to have David Banks as our speaker and he identified it as D Avril's Gold, award quality he commented. It has faithfully bloomed ever since and is in spike right now.
I have always wanted another one but they are just too expensive. Finally a couple of years ago, I bit the bullet and got a near blooming sized one from SBOE for $150. Way more that I was willing to spend but if I ever was to have another clone, there was no alternative.
Here then is the first bloom of D Avril's Gold 'Ray' HCC/AOS. The flower is small and the spike only has 6 or 7 buds but it's a fairly small plant which surprised me as I did not think It would be ready to bloom for another couple of years. I'm not disappointed, I like it but I'm biased. Both size and number of buds improved on the other one I have as it got bigger.
Arthur, a couple of questions. Are they as expensive in Australia? Do you know of this clone, I know AON listed it at one time. I will post a picture of my unnamed one in a few days as it's ready to bloom and would appreciate a comparison by you of the two. Thanks in advance.
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