December 14, 2012

Paphiopedilum venustum

My Paphiopedilum venustum is in bloom once again with two flowers.  I like the species, but the flowers on my plant are quite small and the petals reflex back behind the flowers which was especially disappointing when it first bloomed.  The flowers are still beautiful, however, and I decided do a series of macro photos to show some of the details of this remarkable species, a good example of the odd colors and forms in the genus Paphiopedilum.  The species, by the way is from the Himalayas.

 flower front

flower close-up front

 flower back


dorsal sepal

staminode and top of pouch

pouch side and front

pouch top and interior

flower side

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