Friday, January 7, 2011

Paphiopedilum venustum

I don't grow a lot of Paphiopedilums, but only for lack of space.  I find their variety and strange forms very attractive, and Paph. venustum represents all that I love about them.  It is a smallish plant with beautifully mottled leaves, as is evident in some of the photos, and has one of the most beautiful pouches in the genus, a lovely green with darker green veining.

The plant grows well for me on a bathroom windowsill where it receives diffused light from a southern exposure and it blooms faithfully every year.  The fan of leaves is about 30 cm across and the single-flowered spikes are a little less than 30 cm tall.  On my plant the petals are strongly reflexed, making the flowers look like they are flying.


  1. Very nice shot. I cannot plant this orchid. Yours look so healthy. Congrats!

  2. I'm surprised that you can't grow this - it comes from your part of the world, more of less, but perhaps it comes from higher altitudes.

  3. If you'd like to purchase it, I'm willing to sell it.