Paphiopedilum-gratrixianum-var-christensonianum-2020-07-15***Confirmed as Paphiopedilum gratrixianum var. christensonianum (July 2020); the photo and description of P. gratrixianum var. christensonianum are in the AOS Orchids magazine, November 2013; flowers held well above the leaves; narrower leaves and almost erect foliage are key features of var. christensonianum; the narrower dorsal sepal has stronger reflexed lateral margins and is heavily spotted with dark brown to purple blotches; this rather diminutive plant is a very good match to the description of P. gratrixianum var. christensonianum in every key feature described in the article.***

Judging Center: MidAtlantic

Award Number: 20204456

Award Date: February 08, 2020

Awarded As: Paphiopedilum gratrixianum var. christensonianum

One petite flower on one 9 cm hirsute inflorescence; strongly recurved dorsal sepal white, pale green proximally; overlaid red violet stripes and spots centrally; synsepal light green, red violet hirsute anterior side; highly recurved petals, light green, heavily overlaid cordovan venation; pouch light yellow green; slight overlay light cordovan superior aspect; staminode light yellow; substance firm, texture waxy; native to NE Cambodia and S. Vietnam.
Additional information:
Plant is 19 cm wide by 10 cm tall; 3 growths (one flowering and 2 new growths); narrow leaves are finely spotted at the leaf base.
Vendor is Paph Paradise (CA) – David Sorokowsky, sold as Paph. christensonianum.
Accepted name by WCSP (Kew) is Pap. gratrixianum var. christensonianum, Perner & Koopowitz, Orchids (West Palm Beach) 82: 681 (2013).

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: 19 cm leaf span

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: 6

Plant > Leaf Length: up to 10 cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 1.3 cm

Plant > Leaf Margin: entire

Plant > Leaf Shape: lanceolate

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: none

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: non-visible

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 9 cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: single flowered

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 9 cm

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: none

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 3 cm

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 3 cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: 3.2 cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Width: 0.5 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 3 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 0.6 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: cylinder

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: green

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: mate

Flower Natural Spread Length: 7.2 cm

Flower Natural Spread Width: 6.0 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 3.8 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 5.2 cm (flattened)

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 3.0 cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 1.7 cm

Flower > Petals Length: 4.2 cm

Flower > Petals Width: 1.7 cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 4.0 cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 2.4 cm

Flower > Column Length: 0.5 cm

Flower > Column Width: 0.3 cm

Flower > Column Color: yellow, burgundy hair

Flower > Anther Cap Color: yellow



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