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Paph. philippinense PHOTO

This is a discussion on Paph. philippinense PHOTO within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; A highly variable species and a taxonomic morass. Lots of people have offered their "expert" ...

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    Default Paph. philippinense PHOTO

    A highly variable species and a taxonomic morass. Lots of people have offered their "expert" opinion on the differences between philippinense and roebbelenii, but both entities are variable, and I think the distinction is hardly cut & dry. It has certainly been blurred with widespread interbreeding, so we might as well just grow it for its intrinsic qualities.

    Not sure why the synsepal on the first flower is split...and this spike didn't quite arrange itself ideally...

    First described in 1862 and native to a wide range within the Philippine archipelago, Paph. philippinense is a variable but delightful multifloral species. It is an easy grower that prefers hot, humid, and bright conditions, and typically blooms in spring or summer with the increasing light duration. Although it is certainly well worth growing in its own right, Paph. philippinense has been the parent of some truly illustrious primary hybrids such as Saint Swithin (x rothschildianum) and Michael Koopowitz (x sanderianum).

    Taxonomy has been particularly contentious with regards to the "Paph. philippinense complex", and there has been much confusion over the years with the entities laevigatum, cannartianum, and roebbelenii. Although the first two are widely agreed upon as synonymous with philippinense, the entity roebbelenii remains a subject of controversy. While most agree that roebbelenii has longer, more pendent, and perhaps more spiraled petals than philippinense, its identity as variety or autonomous species is still the subject of debate. Variety roebbelenii is also reported to have narrower leaves, higher peduncular hair density, and a yellow staminode that lacks the green markings of philippinense. Alba (pure green and white) and aureum (green and white tinged with brown) forms of philippinense also exist, and have paved the way for multifloral green and white hybrids.

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    I think this is my fave paph... and so true about the taxonomic part of it.. I have var philippinense, roebelenii, laevigatum... and from what I can tell from the leaves.. nothing... so will wait till I see flowers...

    Now with yours... I do love the colours on your plant... esp the stripes on the dorsal...

    And of another interest... I have always wondered wether it was possible to breed into a line of Paphs this split synsepal... and it seems to occur lots in philippinense... there was another posting by.. hmm, Paphpere, that shows the split synsepal...

    Thanks for the pic Jason.


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    Lovely, Jason!

    The philippenense crosses are my favorite paphs!


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    Very pretty Jason , the information is also appreciated . Gin

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    I really like how the greenish yellow of the pouch contrasts against the rest of the flower--and that split or doubled synsepal is really cool! If that *could* be bred in, I think it would make for a really nice looking bloom. I find it more aesthetically pleasing for some reason than the "normal."

    Nice going, Jason.

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    Very nice blooms.
    Good growing.

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