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Paphiopedilum

This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was looking in wiki for the meaning of the name Paphiopedilum usually in the ...

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    I was looking in wiki for the meaning of the name Paphiopedilum
    usually in the begining of each article if it is a latin word they explain from where it came, does any one know why this genus is called Paphiopedilum?

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    If I remember correctly pedilium is latin for shoe/slipper- their blooms are commonly referred to as slipper-like. Paphio is a latin nickname for the goddess Aphrodite, based on the town she was supposedly born at.

    So, this orchid Genus is named Aphrodite's Slipper....

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