Monday, August 22, 2011

Mexipedium xerophyticum

Mexipedium xerophyticum - photo by Richard LindbergAnother orchid I saw for the first time at Mary Ann Alexandri’s open greenhouse Saturday was her Mexipedium xerophyticum. This is a cute half-inch slipper orchid not seen in cultivation very much.

Mexipedium xerophyticum grows in Mexico in limestone with cactus and other arid growing plants. It is hot to warm growing and needs a 3-month dry winter rest. The genus consists of this single species, separated from Cypripedium because of the fleshy, thick, stiff, leathery leaves, the very small flowers.

I am excited that the picture turned out as well as it did. It is very small and I took the picture hand-held in less than ideal conditions because of the green quality the shadecloth gave the light.

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