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Paphiopedilum wilhelminiae

This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum wilhelminiae within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Thought I might put in my two cents for this species, and add to Jmoney's ...

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    Thought I might put in my two cents for this species, and add to Jmoney's wonderful plant...

    This species is native to Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea at 5,000m - 6,000m elevation. It's definitely part of a "complex" of species in Section Coryopedilum, but the distribution and some morphological characteristics can distinguish the species of this section apart.

    It is hard to say that Paph. gardineri is a nomenclatural synonym of Paph. wilhelminiae, because the lack of material and evidence to support Paph. gardineri as an acceptable species.

    (Couldn't get a better picture of flowers; first one was broken off after the flowers opened up more )


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    Nice blooms! Yours appears darker than Jmoney's. Thanks for the additional info, now i've gotta get one of these too so tempting

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    Ok, between you and Jason, Pat, I am going to break the bank. This is one beautiful paph! Thanks for the information & photo & enabling!

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    Sorry you broke a flower, Pat - it's lovely!

    What's the leafspan on yours?

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    nice one! while one's definition of gardineri seems to change, a lot of them out there labelled as such are the same species as what we call wilhelminiae.

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    Thanks all!

    This really is a great species to grow; it's not as difficult or slow growing as other Coryopedilum species... in person, the pouch has that 'sunburst' finish on a Gibson Les Paul...

    As for leafspan, mine has about 14 inches, but most others I have seen have had around 8 inches while blooming.

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