Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums

The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!

  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"

Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!

Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

  • orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioideae (Slipper Orchids)

    Thought some might find some slipper information interesting.

    The subfamily Cypripedioideae consist of five genera

    1. Cypripedium - which are found across much of North America, as well as in parts of Europe and Asia.

    2. Paphiopedilums - These are found in the tropical rainforests southeast Asia extending into China

    3. Phragmipedium, - Are located in Central and Northern South America

    4. Mexipedium - Containing a single species, Mexipedium xerophyticum, which is endemic to Mexico.

    5. Selenipedium - there are 6 species accepted. I believe all are from South America.

    The flower structure of "slipper Orchids" vary from other orchids in that the labellum (lip) is modified into a pouch-like structure. This pouch traps bugs, which then have to crawl out past the anthers and this leads to fertilization. (there are two separate anthers in cypripedioids, unlike other genera which only have one anther).

    Cypripedioids lateral sepals are totally or partially fused and called the Synsepal. The uppermost sepal is called the Dorsal Sepal.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioideae (Slipper Orchids) started by Ron-NY View original post
  • Orchid Forum Sponsor

  • Recent Orchid Forum Posts


    Photo diary from my forest trips to see orchids (part 2)

    I feel the same, thanks Canh for posting again I will check all of these photos once again, never get tired of seeing them!

    JDT September 25th, 2023, 10:20 AM Go to last post

    Our Orchid Club Show

    It has been a while since I was on OT, glad you posted Canh, gives me a chance to check all of these photos out once more.

    JDT September 25th, 2023, 10:19 AM Go to last post

    Photo diary from my forest trips to see orchids (part 2)

    Always fell happy when I look back from this thread, many years ago

    cxcanh September 25th, 2023, 03:43 AM Go to last post

    Our Orchid Club Show

    Wow, I just look back this forum and can't imagine 14 years over since I posted this thread.
    Many of us now using facebook or other social media

    cxcanh September 25th, 2023, 03:39 AM Go to last post
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.