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Paph phiippinense in bloom

This is a discussion on Paph phiippinense in bloom within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This Paph philippinense is from Sabah and not from the Philippines..This is the third blooming ...

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    Red face Paph phiippinense in bloom

    This Paph philippinense is from Sabah and not from the Philippines..This is the third blooming in my care but the first time I am able to enjoy it in its full glory. The first time it bloomed with 3 flowers but didn't last a week before the rains spoilt all the blooms before I could properly photographed the blooms, Last year it had 5 buds but they were eaten by birds - the crested bulbul- and only one mangled flower survived. This time there are 6 buds and so far 4 have fully opened, BTW the first flower opened on the 15th of January just before I left for my Chinese New Year holidays.

    The individual blooms are relatively small : the dorsal sepal is an inch tall and the pouch too measures 1 inch but those twisty lateral petals are 5 inches long. The flower spike measures 28 inches.

    Spring is really in the air - my vandaceous are blooming like mad, the dendrobiums, the cattelyas and the paphios are competing for attention too. Keeping my fingers crossed that the yellow beetles don't decide to hold their orgy of eating and unbridled sex.
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    What a very beautiful Paph...just love the shape and colours to...just awesome.

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    Yew, this orchid is really something special! Yes, the beetles must be kept at bay!!!!!!!

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    wow, i really like the form & color. Very beautiful.

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    Great growing, that is one amazing paph.

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    Oh gracious, Yew - what a splendid show! I've never been a fan of the "dreadlocks" paphs and phrags, but you may have begun to convert me. Can't wait for more of your terrific photos. Very, VERY nice growing.

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    Perfect. Love these and the longer the petals the better---they are what really create a show!

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    i love the twisty lateral petals Yew,such a sweet form.

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    A superb plant ; congrats.
    Per Phil Cribb in the Kew monograph, the Phillipines (luzon) version is probably variety or maybe ssp. roebellini , which has paler, shorter, less twisted, and less sharply dependent petals. The true plant or type , perhaps P.phillinensis v.phillipinensis is the one from Sabah which you have. I prefer it because of the dramatic colour contrast. Regrettably a growth takes several years to mature here in our climate so I don't often see my plant in flower, which gives me 5 years to kill it between times when it might delight me ( joke ).

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    Perfection is the only description I can think of for this paph, Yew! Not my "cup of tea" but beautiful non the less! Betty

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