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Paphinia posadarum

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pcolman, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It is quite annoying to photograph/set up lighting for this thing because of the pendant flowers than point straight down.

    The oxblood red flowers have been very variable in size over the past year I've had it. They've varied from 4" wide the first time it bloomed for me, to almost 6". This time is on the smaller end, a little over 4½", though it does have four spikes at the moment. I get the impression it blooms more in cooler weather, but larger flowers in warmer weather, though I could be wrong. Unfortunately, like most Stanhopeinae, the flowers are relatively short-lived, about 4-5 days. It does bloom often though, over a dozen times in the past year. The white palp-like things on the lip move around at the slightest breeze.

    Growing it very moist, intermediate (it would probably prefer it warmer), bright shade.

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  2. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Interesting flowers. I wonder what the purpose is of the two protuberances one on either side at the base of the lip, and another midway on the lip?
     
  3. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    There are actually also two protruberances in the middle of the lip. If you look at the side view, you can see one points foward, the other backwards. Whatever they are, I'm sure they look very sexy to a euglossine bee.
     
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  4. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Yes even more interesting, I see the the pair in the middle tipped with some substance or other?
     
  5. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    They appear to just be glossy—they seem dry.
     
  6. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Surely it can't be just to stop the insect sliding off while it's being encouraged to alight on the lip by means of some reward or other.
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    love it wish could grow it, but too cold or hm always killing this kind...
     
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    Pixietoe Active Member

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    Phantastic pictures of amazing flowers, so beautiful!