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Paphinia cristata

This is a discussion on Paphinia cristata within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This little guy arrived in December from an online vendor...and due to the cold, it ...

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    This little guy arrived in December from an online vendor...and due to the cold, it didn't fare too well. It recovered, and while it is still a rather small pant, has recovered enough to bloom for the first time!

    The second pic is pretty poor quality, but it shows the lip, which I kinda like.
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    Good for you, Kathi! I agree - that lip is wild!

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    whoa, Kathy! looks like it is going to take a bite out of you!

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    What an interesting looking bloom!

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    Very unusual, and I LOVE the color! Betty :-)

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    Very cool orchid, Kathi!

    Cheers,
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    Thanks all...I do think it is pretty cool, even if it does look a bit like it might bite. The only problem is that the bloom only lasts a few days.

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    Youd didn't tell them how big the flowers are - mine were the size of a saucer, five or six inches. But I found it a difficult plant to keep alive - I have killed two, usually within a year of purchase. P herradurae is said to be easier, but not easy to find.

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    I did not measure mine, but I'd say they were 4-5 inches across....definitely large for the size of the plant. Guy I bought it from said to keep it moist; I potted mine in a moss and small bark mix, and have never let it dry out...it seems to like this.

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