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Paph. lowii

This is a discussion on Paph. lowii within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Picture shows my example of this species, now flowering for perhaps the third successive year ...

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    Default Paph. lowii

    Picture shows my example of this species, now flowering for perhaps the third successive year since it started - it was a seedling of about 3 inch leaf-span when I bought it some years ago. Now about 20-24 inch leaf span. The spike is some 60cm - 2 ft - high , notably taller than last year, and maybe, just maybe, it will give me four flowers this year.
    At a recent show, one of the US Paph specialists had two or more lowii's on display, in flower, which were named as different varieties. I didn't buy any - I had run out of money elsewhere I guess (!) but I can't remember whether any of them was closely similar to mine, which I thoiught merely typical of the species. Its not often seen at Shows here , maybe - if all flower around now - it misses most of our Spring Shows.
    BTW the flowers are symmetrical, when fully open and set , but when first open there is not twist or deflection in the laterals at all ; then they go, but necessarily at the same time. If I had waited a few days , I might have shown the flower symmetrical - or then again I might have forgotten or missed it, although I expect the flowers to last for several weeks at least.

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    This is something to be proud of. At two feet these flowers really soar like birds. AL

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    Bravo! What a beautiful paph orchid. Lovely photos as well, Geoff.

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    Geoff,
    I really appreciate that you take the time to stake. I have a friends that grows Catts. and others in a greenhouse and just lets them twine and bend and when he pulls the blooming plants out -they look like heck! It does not take that much to do this and the pay-off is great, in my opinion. How much nicer it is to view that flower now than it would be if it were laying horizontal from the pot.
    Really nice looking plant.
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    Default More views of maturer flowers of this species.

    I noticed something interesting here - the ventral sepal split into two. I have seen it before. You know the way "all" orchids have 3 sepals and two petals + lip , whereas Paphs have only two sepals - dorsal and ventral, as well as the two petals plus lip - I once challenged Philip Cribb ( Keeper of the Herbarium at Kew, and author of surely the best book on Paphs - the Kew Monograph on the subject, especially the 2nd edition )- saying - why is it that Paphs are even called orchids when they are so different in basic shape from all the rest ? And he told me that in the eyes of botanists, two of the sepals had fused together in paphs, at some primeval stage , and that occasionally they separated again... I have actually seen it on about three plants in 50 years growing....
    healso said that some botanists did indeed want to split orchids into two - all the slippers as the true orchids, all the rest - all 30,000 species in goodness knows how many genera , into something else.
    the other pic here shows the grace of the flower when fully mature . Two flowers like that now, a third on the way, and even a fourth bud developing - by which time the spike will be a yard high. I like it !

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    I have been wanting this one for a while now. She's a beaut!

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    what a stunning paph! i never thought i would have even one in my collection, but alas, i do, and its a species, not one of those ugly dinner plates

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    Magnificent - what a beauty!

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    Stunning!

    cheers,
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    Amazing!!

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