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NO. 69  Paphiopedilum nataschae
           by Guido J. Braem 150701

A new species of Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum nataschae was discovered on north central ofIsland Sulawesi, Indonesia and discribed on RichardianaのXV 276-281(2015) by Dr.Guido J. Braem.
Paphiopedilum nataschae was named for MissNatascha Popow.

This new species is placed in subgenus Sigmatopetalum. Comparing Paph. nataschae with Paph. sangii, the staminode of the two species was very distinct in their shape and color. Further more, the pouch of Paph. sangii is prominently veined. Sometimes, Paph nataschae was compared with the recently discovered Paph. robinsonianum discovered by Dr. W. , Cavestro and was found the big differnce in the shape and colouration of the dosal sepal. Especially, the petal of Paph. robinsonianum are strongly twisted.

Note: We know Paph. sangii var. ayubianum (NO. 46) which was described by Mr. Olaf Gruss. The shape and color of Paph. sangii var. ayubianum and Paph. nataschae looks similar each other.
But, the big difference of these description is that one is a new variety of Paph. sangii amd another is a new species.

The natural span of plant is about 30 cm with about 5 leaves which are oblong-lenceolate, to about 28cm long by up to 5.5 cmwide, light green, mottled with darker green, the underside covered with many minute purple spots, the keel purple.
The flower is large, overall about 10 x 7.6cm, DS 4.5 x 2.5cm, LS 3. 4x 1.7cm, P 4.2 x 1.4cm spreading at an angle of 25-30 degrees, L 3.9 x 2.3-2.5cm.


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