Saturday, January 01, 2011
Happy New Year-Slipper Orchids
Happy New Year. While organizing some photos on my various hard drives I came across some Orchid photos I hadn’t even looked at after shooting them. Today’s post will feature a few of the unusual Orchids from those files. This first one is a Phragmipedium (phrag.) that has a different shape then most flowers. It has a little confusing nomenclature but can also be considered part of the large and variable species of Phragmipedium. They are native to Central and Northern South America. Where they like to grow in moist to wet conditions in a variety of habitats at sea level to low elevations. The species name, longifolium, comes from the long leaves, which can grow up to 30 inches long.
This next Orchid is Phragmipedium laevigatum x primulinum. I think both the flower above and this one have several other names that are considered botanically correct. I am just going by the tags that were with them (thank goodness I took pictures of the tags too). I was attracted to the nice yellow color of this Orchids pouches and thought it was unusual.
Stay tuned for some more Orchid pictures in the next few days including tomorrow.