P. curtisii and allegedly P. superbiens

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GuRu

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Jens, you have there two pretty and well photographed flowers. 👍
The first one is clearly var. curtisii while the second one could be var. superbiens due to the different shape of the pouch, narrower at the mouth, and the different shape of the dorsal.......but I'm not sure about it. I always have problems to distinguish one from the other and even taxonomists don't feel certain should they split both or not.
 

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Second one looks like the hybrid to me made.with callosum. Unfourtunatly they were sold as species at many places.
 

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As I've in another thread referred to Olaf Gruß' (ORG) very illustrative post about the distinction between curtisii and the rediscovered 'true' superbiens, I thought I better do likewise here before the discussion goes completely off rails:
Your plant is really a true Paphiopedilum curtisii. Some years ago the true Paph. superbiens was found again and this Shows the clear differences to curtisii. Her eat first two different clones of curtisii


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Paphiopedilum curtisii


and now the true superbiens View attachment 16836 Paphiopedilum superbiens

Here an old print of the typical Paph. superbiens

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Best greetings

Olaf
 
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