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Paphiopedilum insignis

This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum insignis within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Just got it last week hope it can grow well here....

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    Default Paphiopedilum insignis

    Just got it last week hope it can grow well here.
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    Nice caramel color to this slipper orchid bloom. Good luck with it. I tried looking it up on OrchidWiz, but couldn't find it listed.

    cheers,
    BD

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    That's a handsome flower!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Nice caramel color to this slipper orchid bloom. Good luck with it. I tried looking it up on OrchidWiz, but couldn't find it listed.

    cheers,
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    Maybe listed as Paph insigne.

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    good luck with that one!! i just saw a pic on the net of someone who had one grown into a gigantic mound of plants with dozens of blooms...it made me want to fly to whatever spanish speaking country they were from and either kiss them or slap them! i was jealous! ive had a small clump of some noid paph that was given to me growing on my bathroom window for 5 years and it has done NOTHING! hasnt grown a leaf nor lost a leaf...just been sitting there...well, last week it put out a leaf and a spike! the bud is developing well! so excited, ill post some pics if it makes it...
    im loving yours! hope mine is turns out just half as nice!

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    Does anyone happen to know -- and if nothing else I should probably track Geoff down & ask him -- was this one used in making many of the complex (bulldog) paphs? Looking at the flower, I can see many of the traits commonly seen in the bulldogs.



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    P.insigne is the original paph ; the type species. All you people living in tropical countries can't grow it well - it is a cool growing plant. Here in chilly old UK it was a beginners orchid - the beginner was assumed to have a cool house - winter night temperature down to 10 or even 8 - and was grown alongside Cymbidiums and Odontoglossums.
    it became known as a cottage garden orchid ( meaning that one of the many gardeners at the big house owned by Lord whatever , would pinch a bit and keep it on his window-sill).
    I can't grow it well - my cattleya/vanda/paph but mostly hybrids conditions are too warm.
    I have seen this particular form before - the species is grown for cut flowers in Madeira (Atlantic island) , and sold in the market at Funchal ; the type species flowers a couple of weeks before this form, so this is grown to extend the season.
    I once saw a lecture by the late Joyce Stewart ( co-author Angraecoid Orchids, etc etc, ) when she showed slides of 50 different forms of Paph insigne , and when I held the UK National coillection of paphs I set out to collect them - but gave up, I reckon most of those are now lost , and since the species was so widely collected, and much of its habitat has been destroyed, are now lost for ever; a sad thought.
    No-one knows where this particular form came from ; : I found, upon enquiry, one very knowledgable and experienced orchid person on the Island (Madeira) who hazarded a guess that it was a chance hybrid between two of the known sub-species of P.insigne ; these are ssp. boxalli, annamense, insigne itself ( i.e. P.insigne ssp.insigne), sanderae, and sanderiana ( personally I think that the last ought to be a species in it's own right, but that's another story.
    I ramble on too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Nice caramel color to this slipper orchid bloom. Good luck with it. I tried looking it up on OrchidWiz, but couldn't find it listed.

    cheers,
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    Sorry Bruce typo error actually Paph. insigne thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Maybe listed as Paph insigne.
    Thanks Yew for the correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurphr View Post
    good luck with that one!! i just saw a pic on the net of someone who had one grown into a gigantic mound of plants with dozens of blooms...it made me want to fly to whatever spanish speaking country they were from and either kiss them or slap them! i was jealous! ive had a small clump of some noid paph that was given to me growing on my bathroom window for 5 years and it has done NOTHING! hasnt grown a leaf nor lost a leaf...just been sitting there...well, last week it put out a leaf and a spike! the bud is developing well! so excited, ill post some pics if it makes it...
    im loving yours! hope mine is turns out just half as nice!
    Shane good luck I hope you will get even better one, thanks.

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