Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 11/19/2011

Photo taken on November 17, 2011

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Paphiopedilum helenae

Paphiopedilum helenae
This Lady's Slipper is the tiniest of the all the Paphiopedilums, it is recently discovered (1996) and it is still quite rare in cultivation. It is from Vietnam and the whole plant is only a few inches tall. I've posted other photos on my blog that give a better idea of its size (see below), but it is a real charmer.

I am going to be behind in commenting today since I am taking it to the American Orchid Society's judging in Seattle a little later today. I don't think this is worthy of an award, but I have several other plants I want to bring in as well and thought I'd take this along.

I took it to judging, but as I expected, it wasn't quite up to snuff. I did get awards on two other plants, both Masdevallias (decumana and constricta) but the flower on this plant was smaller than previously awarded plants and the color was not good enough either for an award.