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Paph. wilhelminiae

This is a discussion on Paph. wilhelminiae within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I'm not getting into the taxonomy for this one. plenty of stuff out there on ...

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    Default Paph. wilhelminiae

    I'm not getting into the taxonomy for this one. plenty of stuff out there on the internet...and some of it is, well, out there. nothing like "scientists" bickering over such an ego-filled and imprecise field as taxonomy. anyway...





    Within the quagmire that is the Paph. praestans complex exists a delightful little species that for registration purposes is currently known as Paph. wilhelminiae. This entity, which appears to go by Paph. gardineri in some circles, is distinctive for its tiny plant size in contrast to most of the other coryopedilums, with leafspans in the 10-15" range at maturity. The flowers are smaller as well, perhaps 5-6" across, but richly-colored in tones of dark mahogany set against a brilliant white background. This species is native to the mountains of New Guinea, and appreciates bright diffuse light and intermediate temperatures. Paph. wilhelminiae has been widely used in hybridization, and imparts rich color and smaller plant size to its offspring.

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    Beautiful! thanks for the info

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    what a beauty!!! It really does look like wood treated with shelac! It's so shiny!

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    Beautiful blooms.
    Hope it pases the glossiness of the blooms on as i have a cross with sanderianum(gardeneri x sanderianum).
    Quagmire is the right word ,i tried to clear up the labelling of a few of my plants & now i am more confused than when i started !

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    Hi Jason,

    I have one of these guys, 3 growths with a fourth starting, but the leaf span is quite small - only 6". The growths would suggest the plant is BS, but the leaf span, based on your comments above, would say no.

    What do you think? A compact plant, or still a teenager?

    Julie

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    WOW! That is stunning! I would not care even if it was a NOID, I would love it just as much as any of my orchids. That is truly an amazing paph. Your photograph is excellent.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Very nice! Mine is still finishing its blooming...

    Usually the mature leafspan on this species one is less than 8 or so inches...

    -Pat

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    Absolutely Beautiful!!! Great photography as well!
    Mine bloomed when the plant was really small, the leaves were only a few inches!
    Cheers. Hoa.
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    Gorgeous! It looks as if it has a light in the bottom of the pouch shining up on the dorsal. What a beauty, whatever you call it! Great pic too.

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    Nice! Among the few paphs that I would consider owning if it weren't for the size [too big] and the minor detail that I've killed every paph I've ever tried.

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