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I have gone into the lab to find that my Paphiopedilum orchid has bloomed.  I’m pretty sure this is not a hybrid, but a real, naturally-occurring species; sadly, I forgot the species name, but I’m sure Lou Jost or someone else will tell me, and perhaps give a bit of information about the flower:


Once a year I get this flower, which lasts for about ten days.  Lovely, ain’t it?

26 Comments

  1. Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Yes, it is lovely.

  2. Jim Jones
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    “Therefore god”?

    • Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      That’s a bit deist of you. “Ergo Jesus” is intuitively obviously correct.

  3. JoeBuddha
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    It is indeed lovely, but I can’t help noticing the form is a lot like that of Pete Puma…

  4. ChasCPeterson
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    lovely, yes, but IT”S A TRAP!!!

  5. ambrosia
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I have one that looks the same, foliage, blossom colour & all. The grower tag says it’s a Maudia (sp?) of some sort.

  6. ambrosia
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    oh, and mine usually last at least a month! Bonus.

  7. Beachscriber
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Mmm, looks like a Cualdus scrotumia.

    • ZenDruid
      Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      Dang it, I googled that and came up with ‘cold scrotum’.

      • daveau
        Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

        Excellent trolling, then!

      • Beachscriber
        Posted February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

        Nee hee!

  8. Posted February 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    That looks like Paph. sukhakulii, a wonderful species!! Here is a photo and some info about it:
    ww.orchidweb.com/orchidofweek.aspx?id=385
    Orchids are a great cure for excess theology-reading.

  9. Posted February 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    It’s Paph. sukhakulii. Mine is also blooming.

  10. Mary - Canada
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Beautiful

  11. Posted February 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    OK Jerry – so where does it come from, where does it like to live and what pollinates it (bees?), and why don’t you try pollinating it yourself to see if you can get seeds? Do a Darwin!
    http://darwin-online.org.uk/EditorialIntroductions/Freeman_FertilisationofOrchids.html

  12. E.A. Blair
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I guess that makes you a Paphiopediphile.

    • Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      +1 from an orchidophile.

      • E.A. Blair
        Posted February 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        Nero Wolfe gave it a “very satisfactory.”

  13. christopher
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Feed me, Seymore!

  14. Max
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Flower? That’s Jar Jar Binks!

  15. Christian
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I think I have the same, if I remember correctly since my two Paphs haven’t bloomed for quite some time now.

  16. Dawn Oz
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Nature certainly isn’t a minimalist! Gorgeous.

  17. Diane G.
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Can’t beat paphs!

    Love the mottled foliage of this sp as well.

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 27, 2012 at 3:34 am | Permalink

      PS: I, too, prefer sp orchids to hybrids. Manmade hybrids, that is.


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