:rollhappy::rollhappy::rollhappy::rollhappy: Are there any hybrids or attempts at making cross-genera hybrids with slipper orchids? e.g. Paphiopedilum, Phragmepedium, Selenipedium, Cypripedium, Mexipedium
I think the red pigment have been around in angiosperms and orchids for a while. If there was an insect pollentation event with another genera of plant is nearly impossible because phrags are so derived. I think hybrid only possibly only with other cypripedioideae if it were to happen (and they already have anthocyanin). Anthocyanin which contributes to red and pinks is present in many diff slipper spp and on diff continents. Somehow besseae had mutation to load up on anthocyaninsounds crazy, but I thought that the red color in besseae maybe a result from a jump that incorporate the red color gene from another orchid flower (that was not even a phrag). All it takes is one crazy insect that visited two different species.
And by some weird coincidence, the original "green/brown" besseae decided to incorporate the red piece of the gene from the foreign pollen.