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This is a discussion on Labels? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Because it's winter I got a new Paphiopedilum yesterday. It was marked "Paphiopedilum Femma". OrchidWiz ...

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    Question Labels?

    Because it's winter I got a new Paphiopedilum yesterday. It was marked "Paphiopedilum Femma". OrchidWiz does not mention Femma so I assume it's not registered. As I got this from a large chain plant outlet I don't expect it to be something special, but I was pleased that it was marked better than "Slipper orchid".

    I repotted it and wanted to create a correctish label, but was a bit unsure what to write (yes, I know; as a hobby grower with no show/trade ambitions I can write whatever I like, but I'd like it to be as correct as possible). According to the leafs it's a maudiae? I ended up with Paphiopedilum Maudiae 'Femma'. How far from the perfect tag is this? Should Maudiae be with a lowercase m?

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    You're never going to know for sure, and I can almost certainly guarantee that plant is not a Paph. Maudiae, although I could be wrong.

    In reality, Paphiopedilum Maudiae is a primary cross of Paph. calossum x Paph. lawrenceanum. It, and many, many generations of its descendants can have such mottled foliage, and they have all come to be known as "Maudiae-type" paphs.

    In my opinion. that's as specific as you can get - a "No ID, Maudiae-type paph."

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    Thanks, noid it is
    Pretty leaves though

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    If it is a hybrid, the name comes with upper case letters. If it is a species, then all lower case.
    To be pedantic, a natural hybrid, meaning one which is found in the wild, lis also lower case But preceded by an X - so maybe we can sat that orchids found growing wild- genuinely, and not just introducedby some over-enthusiastic orchidist, should be all lower case.
    So, Paphiopedilum callosum, but Paphiopedilum Maudiae.

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