Here’s another challenge I found on Ohm Sweet Ohm’s page. Every Tuesday at A-Z Challenges the blogger starts off the challenge for that week’s letter, working weekly through the alphabet. The challenge is to share “a story, photo, or music title tagged with ‘P’ ”
“P” immediately, of course, made me think of Paphiopedilum, a species of orchid I have many of, two in particular I’m staring at now. But then of course there’s Parrot and pet. But what about Phalaenopsis, got one in bloom now…
I’ve decided to go ahead with Paphiopedilum, also known as the Ladyslipper orchid, more specifically my new favorite Paphiopedilum Lebaudyanum. This plant is a cross between Paph. haynaldianum & phillippinensis. Not all Paphs produce more than one flower per spike, and as far as I’m aware they only bloom off one spike per fan, or growth. Either after that bloom has passed, or in more mature plants, a new fan or growth begins to grow. The next spike & flower will come from it. This, as you may imagine, is a multi-floral hybrid. There are others that produce more than one flower but are considered sequential thus only one or two blooms are open at a time though other buds are present. They will bloom after the first dies. The long twisty things you see are actually petals. While the pouch – the ladyslipper, their namesake – is also a modified petal. There are some Paphs like this whose twisty petals grow more than 12″, though I’ve yet to see one in public YET ;).
Some Paphs are epiphytes – they grow on the side of trees, though not parasitically – while others are lithophytes – they grow on the side of cliffs, rock faces – and still others live in dead leaves and such as terrestrials. Some have mottled/maudiae type leaves (patterned to some extent) while others are plan, as this one has. As far as I am aware they cannot be cloned so when you buy seed grown plants you almost always are going to get something different, even if just a little, much like wild apples. There’s been a lot of hybridizing therefore a lot of plants do wind up looking very much the same.
I could go on, but you’ve probably already learned more about Orchids than you may have cared to! Thanks for visiting and making it this far, especially if you came here to check out my photos for the photo challenge! 😀
These are more recent, with all but one bud open. As I sit here typing the last bud is halfway open. Orchid blooms take their time opening, typically occurring over the course of several days. One must be patient Daniel son. 😉