Orchids of the Inca Trail

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  1. Jun 27, 2019 #1

    TyroneGenade

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    Hello,

    My wife* found this page of orchids seen along the Inca Trail: http://www.incatrailperu.com/inca_trail_orchids.html
    Some I recognize some some I don't. I am most intrigued by the little yellow slipper orchid shown. The leaf shape doesn't look right for Cyp. calceolus (see https://www.alamy.com/ladys-slipper...-canta-north-of-lima-peru-image218011878.html). IF anyone can give names for all the orchids that would be very cool!

    If you have time to kill this blog is also good: http://junglemikey.blogspot.com/ Lots of orchid photos interspersed among the other photos.

    *She enjoys dreaming about travel and for fun is building a travel website (https://www.simplyplantravel.com/) and is writing up some stuff about the Peru.
     
  2. Jun 27, 2019 #2

    KyushuCalanthe

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    Ha ha! A very rare form of C. calceolus indeed! The "ladyslipper" in the first link I'm pretty sure is Calceolaria perfoliata, but I'm not sure about "C. calceolus" one.

    Now you've got me hankering to go out on an exotic botanical tour...
     
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  3. Jun 27, 2019 #3

    mrhappyrotter

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    I agree, neither photo of "yellow ladyslipper" is a slipper orchid of any type. That photo labeled Cypripedium calceolus is absolutely and undeniably incorrect. I could give some leeway if they were using a common name, since those tend to be ambiguous, inconsistent, and at times regional, and frankly it wouldn't surprise me if the locals called those flowers "lady slippers" or something that translates to "lady slipper". However, they aren't orchids for sure and certainly not Cypripedium calceolus.
     
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  4. Jun 28, 2019 #4

    TyroneGenade

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    thanks for the ID. it is a pretly good imposter.
     
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    Edward Seeley

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    The guides might have used one of their common names - slipper flowers - and created the confusion.
     

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