Monday, January 17, 2011

Paphiopedilum Dellaina

Paphiopedilum Dellaina - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThat this Paphiopedilum Dellaina is blooming is evidence that it is in trouble. I see this as the plant saying "OMG, I better use my energy to bloom because the end is near!"

Paphiopedilum Dellaina - Plant photo by Richard LindbergPaphiopedilum (Paph) contains 100 species in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. They have no pseudobulb so need moderate shade, good humidity and regular year round watering with good air circulation. They are generally slow growing. Leaves indicate prefered temperature with those that are mottled grow warmer, and the solid green with only one flower grow intermediate to cool.

Paphiopedilum Dellaina is Paphiopedilum delenatii x Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum.

Paphiopedilum Dellaina - Plant photo by Richard LindbergWhen I took it out of the pot I could see that it had lost a lot of root and was way over potted. Part of the problem is my lack of interest and knowledge about Paphs and Phrags. I was thinking of this plant as a terrestrial and when I looked the parents up, I see that they are lithophytes.

The flower is gone, all the brown parts are gone. It has some root and should recover. It will be in a much smaller pot this time. I am also going to inspect the other Paphs in Sonoma.

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