My Paphs of subg. Sigmatopetalum in 2024

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Oct 23, 2006
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The year starts with a surprise ... the Paph wardii 'Dark Warrior' wich was I expeting to flower .... was a mislabeled plant and came out as Paph. venustum.
Sh** and mistakes may happen and happen.....But there wasn't much diappointment because I like P. venustum a lot and the situation is as it is.
Paph. venustum


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That's kind of epidemic in Europe for many species, unfortunately I have fun because it uncovers a huge scam going on...

Most of the 'breeders' and 'growers' do buy extra cheap plants from 2 sources in Germany. They then put their nursery tag, with their 'parentage and pedigree' on those generic 'species'. Looked a good deal to pay a seedling 0.6 eur in flask ( yes that's the price those were sold, and many more...)

Now they are 'outed' because several different pedigree of many species by several different nurseries turn out to be the same mistake hybrid or wrongly named species... Many of those flasks turned out, like urbanianum, 'superbiens', 'argus', to be crosses of those species x Maudiae or x callosum, which allows to make very cheap, fast growing seedlings in flask, and match the 0.6 eur price point...

One thing, though I am sometimes pessimistic, it is not even sure it is a 100% pure venustum. It might be a backcross, or something along the line, like Varuna x venustum... It looks 100% venustum, but it is really unsure, knowing from where those come from.
From the same source through different resellers. Left are the hybrids sold as urbanianum in Europe, right a real one. Note that the hybrids will be sold by the sellers as 'their own breeding with zeir own motherplants, fantastic and guaranteed'. When some bloomed out as the hybrid, they were sold as ' sp. nova', including at the Dresde Orchid Show...

Hi Rudolf, wow, it’s my turn to compliment you on these very beautiful plants, very nicely photographed. 👍 Did you use stacking method?
Hi Rudolf, wow, it’s my turn to compliment you on these very beautiful plants, very nicely photographed. 👍 Did you use stacking method?
Thanks a lot for your compliments, Sylvain.
As to your question, I'm no friend of staking flower spikes and I try to avoid it as often as possible. But sometimes and exceptional it's necessary to help a flower spike growing upwards respectively support a long stem (like the one of my P. hennisianum) not to bend down too much while taking the photo(s).

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