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 Post subject: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. DaWu
PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:06 pm 
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I found this story on Joseph Wu orchid's facebook
I think it's interesting so I translate it and share to everyone here
"DaWu" is a small town in Taitung, Eastern Taiwan, where all the mountains are; which is also my mother's hometown.


The construction master and the Phal. Amabilis “DaWu”
from Joseph Wu Orichids, Taiwan

“Let me tell you a story,” said my father while we were driving on the highway to a nursery in Yunlin.
He started his story, and I listened as we drove along, shafts of light beaming through gaps in the highway. “Around 40 to 50 years ago, there was a construction master named Mr. Lu. He lived in Zhonghe (Northern Taiwan), and he was also an orchid hobbyist.

One day, Mr. Lu had a chance to work in Taitung (Eastern Taiwan) for a few months. Whenever he got the chance he would go and check the orchid vendors on the street who sell wild-harvested orchids. For the record, Phal. Amabilis at the time was very cheap, a small seedling roughly cost a dime, and for a quarter you could get a big mature one.”

“Weren’t orchids pricy at the time?” I asked.

“At the time, an imported seedling orchid from the states cost $10 to $20 bucks, and our largest bill in Taiwan currency at that time was equal to only $3 US dollars; furthermore, the average monthly pay for a white-collar man was a couple hundred dollars. So, you could only afford to buy a handful of seedlings each month. In contrast to imported orchids, wild-collected Phal. Amabilis were rather cheap and sometimes if you were lucky, you could find hundreds of them on one single tree.” Said my father.

“wow” I said.

Father continued, “It’s been several months, and Master Lu had been trying but without luck to find a perfect Phal. Amabilis, until one day. He saw the perfect orchid at the very end of the aisle of street vendors. The Orchid had an amazing white bloom, that looked like a bird had just lighted on the stem. It too was harvested from the wild; the vendor himself had saved it for years in his personal collection.

Master Lu asked, “Is it for sell?”

“No, display only” said the vendor.

“How can it not be for sale when you set it out on your booth where it can be easily seen, just name your price” Master Lu insisted.

The vendor later got annoyed and gave him a ridiculously high price trying to scare him away.

“I cannot remember how much exactly, but finally he got the orchid costing him what he had made working the last six months of the year. A construction worker was a tough but well-paid job back then, roughly $1500 monthly; therefore, you can do the math and of course the vendor was happy to sell it.”

“Oh my…this guy was crazy” I laughed.

Father said, “Master Lu’s Wife was so angry when she saw her husband came home without anything but ONE orchid after half a year working in Taitung.”

He keeps saying, “That was a crazy time, we were a bunch of crazy hobbyists who liked to hang out at master Lu’s place exchanging orchid experiences. Every time, whenever that Phal. Amabilis bloomed, some people would ask master Lu if there’s any divisions to sell? Master Lu never answered the question directly, instead, he told those people the story of his orchid and how he got it, then nobody would dare to ask any further questions.

“And then one day, master Lu came to the weekend flower market, he was in love with one of my Phal. Gigantea’s progeny.” Father said.

“How much is this one?” master Lu asked.

“Display only, I only have seedlings for sale.” Father replied.

As always, master Lu insisted, “There’s no reason to say not for sale when you set it out where it can be easily seen, just name your price.”

“Hmmm…how about you trade your Phal. Amabilis’ division with me?” Father said.
Master Lu took half a century to consider, and finally he agreed.

“So that’s it, that amazing orchid division came to our place!” Father said.
“To be honest, I am glad that we traded before, because master Lu’s mother plant died a few years later. I gave him one of my divisions from the mother plant as a gift.” Father continued the story saying, “around ten years ago It started getting harder and harder to collect wild Phal. Amabilis. Ever since then you had to pay orchid hunters in advance to go deeper and deeper into the mountains and there was no guarantee that they can find it. Today, you can barely find any in the wild, the ones we see in the market today are mostly hybrids from Indonesia and the Philippines, which have a significantly different flower shape than the original Taiwanese variety.”

“But luckily, through those strange and interesting events, I got to keep this beautiful original Taiwanese strain and I will never hybridize it. I want to preserve this original orchid with its amazing inflorescence. Every year when it blooms it’s like a waterfall of white butterflies dancing in the air.”

The End


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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:54 pm 
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Huh? Where is the story?


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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
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Taitung, DaWu, Taiwan
the original version was from Joseph Wu Orchids
this is the pic of the Phal.
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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
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Is this the same as amabilis 'Da Wu Mountain?'

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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:35 am 
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yes it is
it's just the translation ( I also edit the whole article, I think DaWu is official)
been there several times
such a pretty place


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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
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johnny31623 wrote:
yes it is
it's just the translation ( I also edit the whole article, I think DaWu is official)
been there several times
such a pretty place


I’m missing something. I don’t see the article. It’s not attached to your original post. All I saw was the end.


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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:48 pm 
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i just pm you
don't know why you couldn't see it here


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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
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johnny31623 wrote:
i just pm you
don't know why you couldn't see it here


Hey Johnny, I see it now on my desktop PC. I couldn't see it on Tapatalk app. When I opened your private message, I briefly see it but it disappeared. Maybe it was too long for tapatalk to display it.

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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
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$9000 orchid is a pretty hard core hobby. :D


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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
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right? and that was 40~50 years ago, I guess $9000 USD you can buy a nice, big house.


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 Post subject: Re: story sharing Phal. Amabilis/Aphrodite var. TaWu
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I have this plant from joseph Wu purchased years ago 2006-2008. My plant was a stem prop by Joseph wu. Since the plant has produce keiki. It is a good performer.


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