Paphiopedilum NOT rothschilianum Dark Red

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Well this post is disappointing for me but might at least soften the blow to @Guldal for losing his plant from this source!

This was bought from Orchid Garden as a single fan and supposed to be as titled. I think it's clearly not dark red or even a rothschilianum - it looks like a Saint Swithin to me!

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It's still a beautiful flower and any disappointment is tempered by the fact that getting any paph to flower is an event to be celebrated for me!
 

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Beautifully grown plant and beautiful flower. It's just disappointing that you didn't get what you paid for and, I assume, had to wait a long time to find out if purchased as a single growth.
 

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Beautifully grown plant and beautiful flower. It's just disappointing that you didn't get what you paid for and, I assume, had to wait a long time to find out if purchased as a single growth.

Thanks. I ordered the plant in May 2019 so it's taken a bit of time! This thread, Orchid Garden - vendor in Poland has some pictures of the plant when it was bought.
 

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Sorry it’s not what you were hoping for, three years from single fan to multi-growth clump would have been an amazingly vigorous roth! Agree it’s most likely a St Swithin. I really like those pale, ghostly colors, quite different from most breeding trends which are dark dark dark!
 

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....might at least soften the blow to @Guldal for losing his plant from this source!

it looks like a Saint Swithin to me!
Thank you for the comforting words and pics, Ed!
I think you have identified the plant correctly - the plant seems so well grown, that you for certain can be proud of your cultural skills! 🙂
 

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As long as nurseries sell orchis as long there are mislabeled plants from time to time. I don't know any nursery which wasn't hit by this problem. :(
Anyway, your 'mislabeled' plant looks strong and healthy and the flowers of this P. Saint Swithin are more than lovely.
 

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Thanks all for the compliments - it certainly seems to like the basket culture, even with my less than consistent watering!

Guldal, I'm glad it might have helped a bit with your loss! 🤣
 

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Comparing it to photos of my SS I think you guys might be onto something. The laterals are twisting much more as it ages and I will post another photo when the third flower opens for you to see.
 

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Shame its not as expected, but whatever it is it looks awesome to me :D
 

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It can happen, obviously someone mixed the labels or records, I have purchased a cattleya two years ago and when it flowered, it looked completely different to the attached picture. The bigger problem arises when a particular mislabeled plant is used in further breeding and you have got cascading problem.
 

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All three flowers are now open.
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The first flower to open now looks like this,
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Having a search I think it could be a Genevieve Booth (which would make a bit of sense being sold as rothschildianum if that was the pod parent) or maybe Saint Swithin x Mount Toro?

Or it could, of course, be any random complex multi hybrid!
 
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