Paphiopedilum vexillarium (barbatum x fairrieanum)

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MarioQ

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I read it was the Paphiopedilum second hybrid in the history of this genre (1870) I bought it in bud not sure what to expect in this crossing from barbatum and fairrieanum. I think it is a nice one! I like the colors, the overall harmony of the plant, its leaves and indeed the fairrieanum outline.
 

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Nice. Looks like a P. barbatum or P. callosum with the shape of P. fairrieanum.
 

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Just a little info on terminology: if a man made hybrid, then both the genus and the species names are written with a capital, first letter. In casu: Paphiopedilum Vexillarium.
Naturally occuring hybrids are designated as in the following examples: Paphiopedilum x lushuiense (spicerianum x villosum, Paphiopedilum x wenshanense (concolor x bellatulum), Paphiopedilum x vietenryanum (henryanum x gratrixianum), and so forth.

But beware the latter principle is only applied to verified, naturally occuring hybrids - manmade hybrids of the same croses bear respectively the name Paphiopedilum Lathamianum (x lushuiense), P. Concobellatulum (x wenshanense), and the Perners (Hengduan Biotechnology) made a manmade replica with a twist of the last cross, P. New Vietenryanum (henryanum x gratrixianum var. daoense).

This of course raises the question of how to distinguish between plants, that are manmade and natural hybrids? Well, I think, in (almost?) most cases you can't, that is unless you have clearcut evidence of proveniens. Nobody said it should be easy to be a hobby-orchidist! 😁
 
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