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Paph callosum 'Baling'

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    Default Paph callosum 'Baling'

    I am particularly proud of this paphio as it was collected (not by me) from a southern district of my home state. For those of you who followed Zain's thread 'Wild Orchids' you may have come across his post on the Paph barbatum of Gunung Jerai one of the highest mountain in my state of Kedah. This ' barbatum' has been the subject of much speculation and debate and has been variously identified as a sub-species and also as a callosum var sublaeve. However this and the variety found on Penang Hill do not thrive in the lowlands and not known to bloom in the lowlands either.

    Some time last year I was offered a plant collected from the southern district of my state with lighter coloured leaves than barbatum and which the grower said was callosum and assured me that unlike barbatum this would definitely bloom in the lowlands.A year later and now with 3 fans (growth), much to my delight, it is flowering with a magnificent bloom nearly 4 inches (10 cm) across , bigger than those found on Gunung Jerai . There is also another bud on the spike, which is 1 foot (30 cm) tall. I've added the epithet 'Baling' to denote its place of origin.

    If it looks like a Maudiae, it is not surprising as callosum is one of he parents of Maudiae.
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    Yew Sung...these photos could make me want to buy a Paph. Beautiful plants. Outstanding photos.

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    Looks good, Yew. Paphs tend to die in my care so I salute those of you who succeed.

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    Beautiful slipper, Yew Sung! Thanks for sharing it and its back-history with us.

    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    Yew Sung...these photos could make me want to buy a Paph. Beautiful plants. Outstanding photos.
    You should get paphs, Cathy. As much as you love orchids, you will really fall hard for the slipper varieties. I love most orchids, but slippers and big ruffly cattleyas take my breath away with their amazing beauty.

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    Very nice, barbatum or callosum... What growing media do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paphioboy View Post
    Very nice, barbatum or callosum... What growing media do you use?
    1 inch stones (the type for road surfacing) bottom layer; mixture of very coarse river sand,small pieces of styrofoam, 1/2 inch size charcoal pieces, finger-tip size broken bricks and loose fern roots as top dressing. BTW this is my standard medium for my paphs, except that I add crushed cockle-shells (kerang or eggshells for the limestone loving paphs.

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    Very pretty flower, The size is amazing. I can just picture a mature plant with many blooms, you are growing a show stopper for sure.

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    very nice paphio and tq for the useful info on growing media

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