A Brief Overview of the Genus Paphiopedilum

Author: Celeste Booth1 Comment


Paphiopedilum orchids (pronounced paff-ee-oh-PED-ih-lum) are excellent plants to grow side by side with the Phalaenopsis plants. Known as paphs or more commonly “lady slippers”, this orchid plant requires low light and warm/intermediate temperature preference. Paphs are unique in appearace. The sophisticated, waxy pouch and striking top sepal, combined with a variety of spots, stripes, hairs, twists, and even “warts,” on green, brown, red, yellow, pink, and white (even approaching the elusive black) flowers, make these a winning choice. Naming and Distribution The name Paphiopedilum comes from Paphos (a city in Cyprus and sacred place of the goddess Aphrodite) and Pedilon (ancient Greek for “slipper”). Paphiopedilums are native to much of Southeast […]

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