Excited, just bought my second Paph

Slippertalk Orchid Forum

Help Support Slippertalk Orchid Forum:

Joined
Sep 27, 2019
Messages
11
Reaction score
0
This is funny because it wasn't a planned purchase, but rather an impulsive one. :D
I've been wanting to get another Paph, as I think they're really cool. My Pinocchio is my favorite orchid. So I've been looking at Paph's online, at a grower's website here in the Netherlands. Thinking I'll get one next year. But then last week I walked into the local supermarket, and they always have the standard Phalaenopsis there, but then my eyes fell on something unusual: I couldn't believe they were selling Paphiopedilum (all the same one, green/white flower). This is the first time ever I see this. And it was so nice looking, came with a really nice decorative pot. At that moment I couldn't get it, so I thought I'll come by later.

Just a couple of days later it there was only one left!!!! Wow, this was popular. I had to get my hands on the last one, and then I discovered that the stem was broken. :(

I still decided to get it though, I just couldn't let it there. :D I figured in time I hope I'll get another flower, and just the leaves in themselves are really beautiful. I think it was a bit dehydrated, I see some wrinkles on the leaves, but I'm hopeful with a little TLC it will be all right. It wasn't expensive fortunately, otherwise I wouldn't have done it.

The tag just says Orchid, doesn't say what kind it is though. But I suppose for the supermarket to sell it it's probably some sort of common hybrid, right?

Anyway, the flower looks gorgeous too. Can't wait to get another one.
 

Attachments

  • 20191116_162013.jpg
    20191116_162013.jpg
    134.7 KB · Views: 15
  • 20191116_162031.jpg
    20191116_162031.jpg
    105 KB · Views: 17
  • 20191116_164057.jpg
    20191116_164057.jpg
    105.8 KB · Views: 16

mrhappyrotter

Grand Chupacabra
Joined
Dec 26, 2012
Messages
2,492
Reaction score
167
Location
Central North Carolina
That's a good find, the leaves look very healthy. Your Paph is likely a hybrid and it's one of the Maudiae types. That's an umbrella term for certain species and hybrids of species within the Barbata group, but it's a non-sepcific ID. It may be a common hybrid, I can't really say for sure. The thing to note with Paphs is that they aren't cloned on a super massive scale like Phals and other genera, so generally they are produced en masse for the houseplant market via seed propagation. Without a label, the ID of seed propagated plants is difficult to impossible to discern unless you happened to choose a very distinct hybrid or species, and even then the ID might be contentious.
 

Guldal

ST Supporter
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 1, 2017
Messages
3,533
Reaction score
1,625
Location
Copenhagen, Denmark
Congrats with your new acquisition! I go with happyrotter: Paph. Hybrid Maudiae-type.

Paph. Maudiae is one of the classic paph.hybrids - originally made by crossing the albinistic forms of P. callosum and P. lawrenceanum (P. callosum fma. viridiflorum or sanderae x P. lawrenceanum fma. hyeanum). It's often quite difficult to discern whether further hybridization has taken place - but maybe, if you post a picture of the plant in flower, next time it blooms, some of the really sharp hybride-nerds on this site might be able to help you with further identification. P. Maudiae can, by the way, also be found in highly coloured 'Vinicolor'-varieties.
 
Top