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Phrag. warscewiczianum PHOTOS

This is a discussion on Phrag. warscewiczianum PHOTOS within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hailing from Guatemala and named in 1852 in honor of the plant collector Josef Warscewicz, ...

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    Hailing from Guatemala and named in 1852 in honor of the plant collector Josef Warscewicz, Phrag. warscewiczianum is one of the most spectacular members of the genus, and indeed the stature of its blossoms are second to none in the orchid world. The blooms are similar to those of the closely-related Phrag. caudatum, but tend to be darker overall with more prominent overtones of mahogany. The petals of course comprise the most singular feature of these flowers, and Phrag. warscewiczianum does not disappoint in this regard. Certain cultivars of this regal species may unfurl dark mahogany petals up to 36" in length, every bit the rival of its Asian counterpart Paph. sanderianum.

    Phrag. warscewiczianum is by far the most compact-growing of the long-petalled phrag species. Plants may begin blooming with 8-10" leafspans, and mature growths will rarely exceed 15-16" in leafspan. In situ, Phrag. warscewiczianum grows as an epiphyte or lithophyte, but always has its roots embedded in moisture-retaining mosses. In cultivation it appreciates strong filtered light, intermediate temperatures, and an evenly-moist potting mix (it does not however appreciate the "wet" conditions that terrestrial phrags enjoy). Like its relatives, Phrag. warscewiczianum is prone to a devastating basal rot during the hot summer months, and keys to preventing damage are extra vigilance, excellent air movement, and maintaining even moisture. The petals on this blooming ultimately reached 23 inches in length.

    Recently this species was re-described as "Phrag. popowii". Apparently the original type specimen used to describe Phrag. warscewiczianum was in actuality Phrag. wallisii and, under this new naming convention, the phrag currently known as wallisii would now be re-named Phrag. warscewiczianum, and the old warscewiczianum would be named popowii. It remains unclear at this time whether or not these new epithets will be applied to hybrid registration; even if they are the "proper" names, their substitution for two accepted century-old designations would obviously throw a great deal of confusion around the existing grexes and nomenclature.

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    Very nice one and i love the very long petals !

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    Outstanding color and petals, Jason!

    And I love how compact the plant is!

    Julie

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    Oustanding indeed!
    I have always loved these guys, whatever the names the taxanomists gave them!

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    Excellent plant & blooms.
    Phrags & compact in my case do not seem to go together.
    The new growth on my Phrag StOuen is just under 24" & still growing

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    I so want one now!!!

    Just beautiful... wonderful... awesome...

    oh I'm a blubbering mess... have I mentioned I need one now!!!

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    I NEED one of those!!

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    Hey Jason,

    Is this popowii now? I am working on the book and want to get the name correct. Thanks for your help.

    Cheers!
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    So you go to the botanical gardens and photo their plants and pass them off as yours, RIGHT!!!!!! Nobody's that good!!!!
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    LOL, Cin! Wait till you see the Orchid Photography Book! The photos are amazing!

    Cheers!
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