Reflecting my love of album Paphiopedilum, this Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum var. hyeanum was a joyful addition to our orchid family. It is a warm to hot growing species native to Borneo, at lower elevations, growing in leaf litter. The album form is relatively uncommon in cultivation.
While the orchid itself is relatively small (12″ or 30 cm leaf tip to leaf tip), the flower stalk is notably tall, about 14″ (35cm) on this multi-growth plant.
This orchid was honored by having its portrait selected for the juried Filoli Art Exhibition in January 2019 (third photo).
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