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Phrag longifolium

This is a discussion on Phrag longifolium within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; My most recent slipper blooming. Its first blooming for me. I didn't think I would ...

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    My most recent slipper blooming. Its first blooming for me. I didn't think I would ever buy one because I know one day the plant could be a monster in size, but two elderly growers sold it to me at a good price earlier this year.



    Phragmipedium longifolium was named for its long leaves (yay! sometimes names do decribe the plant, too many slippers are named after people). This slipper is often used in phrag breeding for its vigor and many of today's hybrids have its genes in it somewhere along the line. It tolerates a wide range of temperatures and mature plants can be blooming non-stop. Mine has already sent the new growth for next blooming, it's really weedy and its hybrids enherit this weediness.
    It's blooms are somewhat plain in colour (compared to besseae) but definitely not boring. The petals seem to shift positions all the time! (I think to get all the twists in) This photo was taken this morning in the cool sept weather outside but I think the bloom has changed slightly already. I had took so many photos already because its petals kept changing unexpectedly. I didn't know how many twists to expect as the species can vary

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    Great photo, Fren.

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    I am not a phrag person, but great photos, Fran!

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    Nice slipper! Looks like you are doing well with it!

    Cheers,
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    nice color and well balanced form!

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    It blooms again but on a much stronger spike. The plant is getting much bigger, it will be a monster one day. And the division is 'Carpella', the grower I bought it from told me its a good breeder.

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    I've always liked the coloring of the longifoliums. Great flowers and pics! I need to get me a phrag one of these days...

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    I have only seen longifolium blooms in pictures, and the previous ones I'd seen didn't do it justice. It has more color to it than I had realized. I confess I thought most of the species were a bit lacking in that respect, unlike some of the hybrids--mostly derived from besseae. However, after seeing Fren's plant, I have definitely changed my mind about longifolium! Very attractive! Fren, you are definitely the Phrag man!

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    I think that the color is pretty! I find that I don't like the greeny-pale yellow colord of a lot of phrags, but this has that nice red to it.

    How big is the plant. How big is "monster"?!

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    Fren, that is a terrific photo too.

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