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I have a question regarding the phal tetraspis. I posted this question in the phal species section, but it hasn't been answered, so i decided to post here. I am looking to purchase a tetraspis with the distinct red non patterning red petals. I have found a vendor that is selling the alba variety that would be all white I am assuming. Also they list the other as with spots. Now my question is, is that the variety that I am looking for or should it be labelled as tetraspis C#1? Are they the same or is this another variety of the same plant? I hope I haven't totally confused you thanks for the help.

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Just to confuse you some more - it can be called Phal. speciosa C1 .

If you are looking for this one:


It was labelled Phal. tetraspis(speciosa) C1 and I got it in Canada from Kingfisher Orchids with multiple spikes.
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my advice to you, and the only way to be sure is to purchase a plant in bloom.

I have a tetraspis and a speciosa c#1. The tetraspis will flower within a month and only then will I be sure if I got one with red "blotching". The speciosa is still a seedling. Adding to the confusion is that some vendors mix the two up.
Ten Shin Gardens is a good vendor for tetraspis and does sell at quite a few shows. If mine is about to bloom, then its likely he will also have blooming plants for sale.

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Thanks for the replies the pic is exactly the orchid I am looking for. There is an orchid show coming up in Feb. that I am going to . I did look at that web site and did see the tetraspis I am looking for. I emailed the vendor to find out (with spots) exactly means, because I want that particular orchid. If they have the one I want I will get it from them, but if it isn't then I will contact Ten Shin and order it to pick up at the show. Might I enquire as to the price? As Ten Shin and Crystal Star haven't a price on either of the web sites. Thanks again

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I paid $35 from Ten Shin and it will have bloomed within a year.
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From the last year catalogue:
Ten Shin Gardens blooming sized - $45
Kingfisher Orchids blooming sized with spikes(stem prop) - $50.
Crystal Star Orchids - don't know.
Just email all of them for the current price list. They all are good and quite responsive vendors, from my experience at least.

Correction: Ten Shin price above is actually from 2011 catalogue, sorry that's the latest I had.
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Patrick at Kingfisher is probably your best bet. Here is his email address. He has a website but it is not up and running yet. kingfisherorchids@gmail.com Most vendors will know what you want if you just say C#1. Until they sort out the taxonomy on this one tetraspis or speciosa could be right. I recently bought one from Big Leaf that was imported from Yaphon.
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Thanks again for the help. Crystal star's tetraspis is going to be a seedling, so I will have to wait a while for a bloom. Maybe I buy one from them and one from Ten Shin, I just emailed them. I am so excited this will be my first orchid show. I've invited a friend of mine to come with me so I don't buy up the show and bring it home lol. I will post some pics of it.

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ask for a discount for pre-ordering. Its pretty standard to get one. And then at the show, choose the best one on offer !
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Thanks again for the help. Crystal star's tetraspis is going to be a seedling, so I will have to wait a while for a bloom. Maybe I buy one from them and one from Ten Shin, I just emailed them. I am so excited this will be my first orchid show. I've invited a friend of mine to come with me so I don't buy up the show and bring it home lol. I will post some pics of it.

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Well, if you want to see the blooms fast, I would suggest Patrick from Kingfisher too because his plants are with spikes already.

Congrats on your first orchid show!
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