Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum Praestans)

Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum Praestans)

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F-21-1-PAPIPADILUM-PRAESTONITS–The beautiful Slipper Orchid is annative plant to Papua, Indonesia. This plant is naturally found inmountainous rain forests at an altitude of some 1,500 meters. Generally it grows in the soil ravines with the thick humus.

The slipper orchid’s scientific name is Paphiopedilum praestans, and it belongs to the orchid family, Orchidaceae. The people of Indonesia call this orchid “anggrek kasut pita.”

This ground-dwelling orchidhas a short stem with few leaves. The leaves can reach a length of about 40 cm and 5 cm in diameter and are usually grow close to one another. The blades are round,greenish-red, with a shape similar to ribbons. The flower’s stalk is hairy and about 50 cm long, consistingof 3-5 pieces of flowers. The flower’s size is 10-12 cm long. The sepals are round and pale-yellow with pointed tips and vertical red-brown or purple stripes. Its green-yellow petals are spun like ribbons, with brown-red stripes. The lip is yellow,about 6 cm long, and forms a pocket with a red or purple tip. The fruits are oval and contain many tiny seeds. The plant can be propagated by seeding and cloning.

This orchid is commonly used as an ornamental plant and is also popular with florists as a source for cross breeding propagation.

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom         : Plantae

Divisi              : Magnoliophyta

Class               : Liliopsida

Sub Class       : Liliidae

Ordo               : Orchidales

Family              : Orchidaceae

Genus              : Paphiopedilum

Species            : Paphiopedilum praestans

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