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Paph. bellatulum

This is a discussion on Paph. bellatulum within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; 'Standing Tall' x 'Red on Red' first bloomer, yellowish tone, which might whiten with age. ...

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    Default Paph. bellatulum

    'Standing Tall' x 'Red on Red'

    first bloomer, yellowish tone, which might whiten with age. classic weak stem, hence the plastic pot as part of the background!



    Originally discovered in 1888 and native to Burma and Thailand, Paph. bellatulum is a distinctive member of the Brachypetalum subgenus. The very round but slightly cupped flowers, bold maroon spotting, and very weak flower stems are hallmarks of this species. Paph. bellatulum is not the easiest species to cultivate, but will appreciate strong filtered light, intermediate-to-cool temperatures, and a light topdressing of crushed oyster shell. Plants should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings, and a combination of very pure water and infrequent fertilizer should be used in light of its sensitivity to salt buildup. Flowering is heaviest during the spring to summer, and may be facilitated by a cool, dry winter rest.

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    That is wonderful. I hope it stays this yellow. I love it! WOW! Thanks for the history/ culture lesson too!

    Cheers,
    BD

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    very nice rounded shape to those petals

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    I love the white spotty paphs. So cool!

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    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Good growing, Jason. Unusually beautiful bloom!

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    It's lovely, would be really nice if it whitened up with time.

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    It's very striking in colour

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    I love it. I've always wanted to get one of the brachys but the combo of no humidity and very hard water has stayed my hand from turning into the finger of death for these.

    Really hope the yellowing will disappear with age. The white will make the red spots pop!

    (the yellow also reminds me of nicotine staining - not the most pleasant quality in a orchid or person)

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    Somehow I really like the yellow tint, that makes the bloom different!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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