Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lady's Slipper Orchid


Paphiopedilum Orchid
Paphiopedilum
(paf-ee-oh-PED-ih-lum)
Synonyms: Lady's Slipper Orchid, Venus Slipper Orchids

This photo introduced me to a whole new genus of Orchids. They look kind of fancy and certainly have a fancy name (still learning how to pronounce it properly) but are very popular and widely used for hybridizing. They can be grown indoors relatively easily. High humidity, low light and moderate temperatures are the keys to having a nice Paphiopedilum Orchid. The colors that these Orchids come in are pretty amazing and new blends are still being discovered in the wild and through breeding. They are mostly native to Southeast Asia where they grow on the forest floor.

6 comments:

kanak7 said...

This must be one of the most beautiful orchids. Love the color and the shape!

Jo said...

Beautiful picture!

Talibra said...

Piękny, bardzo je lubię, mój jeden ma pąki, niedługo zakwitnie :)

Jonas Andreasson said...

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Kala said...

It DOES look like a slipper. What a beautiful flower. Great shot DF.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous orchid! I am jealous!