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Phrag. warscewiczianum

This is a discussion on Phrag. warscewiczianum within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; recently this magnificent phrag has been the subject of taxonomic controversy (see below). As I ...

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    Default Phrag. warscewiczianum

    recently this magnificent phrag has been the subject of taxonomic controversy (see below). As I have often professed my general disdain towards taxonomists in general, I will continue to call this species by its original epithet, which is only named after one of the prominent orchid collectors in his day. I don't mind spelling out WARSCEWICZIANUM.





    "Hailing from Guatemala and named in 1852 in honor of the plant collector Josef Warscewicz, Phrag. warscewiczianum is one of the most spectacular members of the genus, and indeed the stature of its blossoms are second to none in the orchid world. The blooms are similar to those of the closely-related Phrag. caudatum, but tend to be darker overall with more prominent overtones of mahogany. The petals of course comprise the most singular feature of these flowers, and Phrag. warscewiczianum does not disappoint in this regard. Certain cultivars of this regal species may unfurl dark mahogany petals up to 36" in length, every bit the rival of its Asian counterpart Paph. sanderianum.

    Phrag. warscewiczianum is by far the most compact-growing of the long-petalled phrag species. Plants may begin blooming with 8-10" leafspans, and mature growths will rarely exceed 15-16" in leafspan. In situ, Phrag. warscewiczianum grows as an epiphyte or lithophyte, but always has its roots embedded in moisture-retaining mosses. In cultivation it appreciates strong filtered light, intermediate temperatures, and an evenly-moist potting mix (it does not however appreciate the "wet" conditions that terrestrial phrags enjoy). Like its relatives, Phrag. warscewiczianum is prone to a devastating basal rot during the hot summer months, and keys to preventing damage are extra vigilance, excellent air movement, and maintaining even moisture. The petals on this blooming ultimately reached 23 inches in length.

    Recently this species was re-described as "Phrag. popowii". Apparently the original type specimen used to describe Phrag. warscewiczianum was in actuality Phrag. wallisii and, under this new naming convention, the phrag currently known as wallisii would now be re-named Phrag. warscewiczianum, and the old warscewiczianum would be named popowii. It remains unclear at this time whether or not these new epithets will be applied to hybrid registration; even if they are the "proper" names, their substitution for two accepted century-old designations would obviously throw a great deal of confusion around the existing grexes and nomenclature. "

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    as a part-time collector of the old-time orchid prints that show the petals of the long-petalled species curled on the ground...


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    OMG How long are the petals on this one???? this is such a beauty, too bad i dont have
    the proper conditions for these....

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    Beautiful flower!

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    Our seedling of this finally bloomed. I was waiting to post it until it was a bit larger, but this one blows mine out of the water. Amazingly well grown and bloomed, Jason. Bravo!

    Cheers,
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    have never seen one of these that disappoints Bruce, even on young plants the flowers are spectacular. looking forward to seeing yours! delphi, the longest petal is about 23", probably done growing by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney View Post
    have never seen one of these that disappoints Bruce, even on young plants the flowers are spectacular. looking forward to seeing yours! delphi, the longest petal is about 23", probably done growing by now.
    I will photograph and post it then. I was happy about it, but this one you have posted is incredible.

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    edit: Here is our first bloom version.

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    Beutiful! Great photo too.

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