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Paph. hirsutissimum var. esquirolei

This is a discussion on Paph. hirsutissimum var. esquirolei within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This guy just opened this morning. The flower will likely open a bit more, but ...

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    Default Paph. hirsutissimum var. esquirolei

    This guy just opened this morning. The flower will likely open a bit more, but I wanted to post a picture of the 'young' flower. Hirsutissimum is named based on the word 'hirsute' and boy, this is one hairy flower! The esquirolei var has slightly larger and less hairy flowers, but don't be fooled - it's a poster child for a Rogaine commercial!

    The newly-opened flower has very smooth petal lines, which you see here. As the bloom matures, the upper edge of the petals develops a ribbon-candy look (the orchid-techie term is 'undulated upper petal margins'.)

    I wanted to post an early picture to compare with later on. Stay tuned!

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    "...a Rogaine poster child...."?????

    That hurts...

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    Garland,

    With your collection of paphs? You'll always be hirsutian in my book!

    Julie

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    I love it !! I got one of these x to paph hookerae from Breckenridge...2 spikes. He had one of these in bloom ,and I dubbed it a poor man's lowii ! We will compare pics...I hope mine is a tenth as good as yours.

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    The curling of the petals has begun! I expected it to take longer, but the lower edges of the petals have turned under. I'm not sure at what point the upper edges will get that ribbon candy look, but I'll chronicle it with photos if no one minds. When I first saw photos of this paph, I thought the smooth petals were a different var. I think it's quite cool that they're actually different stages of flower development.

    The dorsal sepal still has to come up some, but I'm using Jason's trick of propping up the back of the plant as it faces the light source.

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    That one's a beauty, Julie. Cool to see the progression, too.

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    That is so stunning! I think that is one of the best paphs I've seen yet . I love the coloring and shape, awesome growing!

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    that is one gorgeous flower!!! And amazing to see it keep developing until it gets the undulations on the petals...

    Thanks Julie.

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    Hi Julie!

    That's really beautiful! Mine is in bud at the moment, and if it's half as nice as yours, I'll be super pleased. Great plant and superb photos! What plant is in the background?

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