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Paph. randsii x Paph. kolopakingii

This is a discussion on Paph. randsii x Paph. kolopakingii within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Forgot to get a picture of this one up. I personally don't like the flowers ...

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    Default Paph. randsii x Paph. kolopakingii

    Forgot to get a picture of this one up. I personally don't like the flowers on this hybrid, I was expecting alot better. The flowers are VERY yellow, and though there is a yellow cast from the lighting, the flower colors are almost true. Flowers smell like cat pee (just like all of my Paph. kolopakingii), and another test with Louis (my cat); he doesn't like the smell of it at all! Blooming only lasted two weeks. This one I will be planting in the woods to see if it gets established faster when I return in a few years.

    Paph. randsii x Paph. kolopakingii


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    Detail of staminodial shield


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    Hi Pat!

    I like the yellow color of the blooms. I wonder if they will open up more, or is this something that one or both of these species have in common (droopy blooms)? When you plant it outside, will you be dividing it and keeping part in a pot somewhere? I would hate to see you loose her completely. Even though you are disappointed with the blooms, I think she is stunning. That huge display of yellow slipper blooms must be something to see in person.

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    Thanks! Yep, both species tend to have droopy flowers, but P. kolopakingii has more closed flowers, while P. randsii has somewhat open flowers (like it's close relative P. philippinense).

    One thing about P. kolopakingii is during and after blooming, that blooming growth will loose all of its leaves fairly quickly. Fortunately, the blooming growth usually will produce a new growth before this even happens. In this hybrid, that is what has happened; it inherited those leaf-loosing traits. The reason I did not post pictures of the plant is because the leaves were starting to go. The leafspan was almost 3 feet, and when it was blooming the last flower, there were no leaves, which I assume is unfortunately normal...

    I'll just stick the plant in the ground somewhere that gets good conditions. I'm not into hybrids, so it's not a loss to me. There will be many orchids I will be planting out in safe places, and hopefully the orchids will thrive and I can dig them up later. Among those are cuttings of a few rare Vanilla species, since they really are weeds!

    Thanks again,
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    I have to admit, the color makes it look like its a fake - you know, one of those silk orchids made by someone who has never seen a real orchid. But congrats on blooming it. Glad I don't have to smell it!!

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    Can,t say that they do much for me! Judi

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    very interesting color!

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    Interesting color indeed! Mine has a greenish color instead. The leaves are not dying at this point and the plant is still in bloom after several weeks. I wonder what causes the difference?
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    excellent colour there,

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