The differences between C. parviflorum var. pubescens and var. parviflorum (given by some as var. makasin) are not always very clear. The specimen that provided seeds though, has dark purple-brown, twisted lateral petals, nearly glabrous upper sheathing bracts and grows in a moist habitat, so fits well in var. parviflorum. As well, the flowers are a bit smaller size than in var. pubescens.
Germination: very difficult in ‘normal sowing’ conditions, but not impossible with mycorrhiza inoculums or better with in-vitro equipment. Few people claim they have germinated them by sowing close to another orchid in the garden, where the soil already contains the necessary mycorrhiza.
If you don’t have such conditions, this is the perfect gift for your orchid aficionado friend.