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The Newly discovered Paphiopedilum NO. 10

NO. 14@ Paph. parnatanum

A new Paphiopedilum was discovered from Philippine in this time. This species was described by two groups for the first presentation. One was by Germany group , Mr. Olaf Gruss et al. They put the name Paph. usitanum. On the other hand, another group by French, they named this new species Paph. parnatanum. As a results, the report from French was faster than Germany. So, the species name is Paph. parnatanum. I'll introduce it much more in detail in future after receiving the features of the new species. It looks like a green flower of Paph. superbiens. All photo were provided by Mr. Olaf Gruss. Thank you, Olaf.

Paph. parnatanum

The staminode of
Paph. parnatanum

I have received the comments about this new species from the author Mr. William Cavestro in the 31st., March, 1999. as follows

@Paph. parnatanum was registered as a new species of Paphiopedilum by IAPT in February, before P. usitanum described by O. Gruss. This was published in the French Review named Orchidees, Culture et protection, N38, 1999. This species is similar to P. argus, P. wardii and P. sukhakulii concerning the form, the color of the flower and the leaves. The upper surface of the leaves is green mottled with gray: 8-20cm long and 1.8-3.5cm large. The.surface below is plain green. The inflorescence, 18-20cm long, has only one.flower. The flower is 7.5-8cm large.The dorsal sepal is white striated ; petals are light green and mottled with brown ; lip is deep to light.brown with deeper reticulation on the central lobe ; lateral lobes have the same color as the central lobe. Staminod is light green. The dorsal sepal is ovate, acuminate, 3-3.2cm long and 2.9-3cm large. Petals are pendulous, slightly spatulate, undulated at apex, ciliate at the base, 4.5-4.6cm long and 1.3-1.4cm large. The lip is trilobate, 4.1-4.2cm long and 2.2-2.4cm large. The lateral lobes are verrucose and folded at the base of the staminod. The staminod is ovate, 0,7-0,9cm long and 0,9-1cm large. I think that this new Paphiopedilum is very close to P. sukhakulii and P. wardii in the form and the color of the petals. But it differs from these two species in the dimension, and completely ciliated staminod, and also by the color of the lip and very developed lateral lobes folded at the base of the staminod ( by Mr. William Cavestro ).

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