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What is it?

This is a discussion on What is it? within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I bought this orchid in the bargain bin. It is marked as a phaius tankerville. ...

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    Question What is it?

    I bought this orchid in the bargain bin. It is marked as a phaius tankerville. But I think it looks like a paph of some sort. I have had experience with niether, so any help would be apperciated
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    Talking You have a slipper orchid...

    Hi Nashoba!

    Well this could be good news or bad news, but here it is anyway. The orchid in your photo is not a Phaius orchid. You have a Maudiae type Paphiopedilum. Until it blooms for you, I cannot tell you exactly what color it's going to be, but, it will more than likely be green, burgundy, or a combination of those. The immediate difference is, as you suspected, the foliage. Phaius orchids grow into large, leafy plants averaging 2 ft. in height and 3 ft. across. Their flowers are usually on thick stalks bearing 8-10 flowers each. The plant's foliage grows in the vertical direction. The Paph in your picture will have a single spike from each new growth and will usually have only one flower on the spike. This plant puts out a new growth each year. The new growth will then flower if conditions are right: diffused light, water twice a week, fertilizer once a week. What's nice is, when the plant is not in flower, the foliage is still attractive.

    The good news: You have an orchid you can grow in your home without too much difficulty.

    Cheers!
    Brutal_Dreamer

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    Talking Thanks for the good news

    I was hoping it was a paph! And I got a good deal on it besides. Thanks again!

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    No problem! I am always happy to pass on good news!

    Happy Growing & Cheers!
    Brutal_Dreamer

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