paphiopedilum purpuratum

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    Paphiopedilum purpuratum season!

    As I say every chance I get, this is my favorite species. I first read about it in Dr. Koopowitz’ PLANT EXTINCTION: A GLOBAL CRISIS, in the 90s. It seemed very hard to find for sale at that time. The story of how untold numbers were ripped from Hong Kong habitat, in bloom, to be sunk into fish...
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    Paphiopedilum purpuratum x sib (‘Full Wings’ x var. album ‘Albino Beauty’ CBR/AOS) selfed today!

    Today was day 3 from opening of this first-bloom seedling from Sam and my first-ever orchid pollination! Here’s hoping for success. Anybody want to give me tips on maturing the pod? Sam will be flasking but he grows in a phenomenally state-of-the-art facility, whereas I am but an...
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    Paphiopedilum purpuratum surprise!

    Paphiopedilum purpuratum is my favorite orchid of all. The story of its extirpation/extinction in the wild was the first time my heart ached for a slipper (my Dad was one of those who used it as a fish tank decoration in the 50s and 60s). I have three specimens, this is my newest, acquired from...