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A new species of Paphiopedilum from Laos is described by André Schuitema, Sulivong Luang Aphay and Shunsuke Iio. It is called Paph. papilio-laoticus and belongs to the subgenus Paphiopedilum section Paphiopedilum.

Paph. papilio-laoticus Schuitema, Luang Aphay & Iio


A greenish white colour form of Paph. agusii Cavestro & Bougourd is described by Olaf Gruß, William Cavestro and Gus Benk as Paph. agusii f. alboviride.

Paph. agusii f. alboviride Gruß, Cavestro & G. Benk


A new variety of a natural hybrid from Vietnam is described by Olaf Gruß, Leonid V. Averyanov, Chu Xuan Canh and Nguyen Hoang Tuan.

Paph. ×aspersum var. trantuananhii Gruß, Averyanov, C.X. Canh & N.H. Tuan


A new section of the genus Paphiopedilum is proposed to accomodate the species Paph. rungsuriyanum. This new section Pumila is descriped by Leonid V. Averyanov, Olaf Gruß and Harold Koopowitz in an E-Paper publication of Die Orchidee.


Dariusz L. Szlachetko, Marta Kolanowska and Marcin Górniak describe a new natural hybrid from Guatemala in PeerJ. It is the first natural hybrid in the section Irapeana of the genus Cypripedium.

Cyp. ×fred-mulleri Szlachetko, Kolanowska & Górniak


A new taxon of Paphiopedilum from Sumatra, Indonesia, is described twice. Destario Metusala describes it at the varietal level giving it the name Paph. barbatum var. acehense in Jurnal Pro-Life. William Cavestro and Olaf Gruß describe it as a new species in OrchideenJournal; Paph. rohmannii.

Paph. barbatum var. acehense Metusala
Paph. rohmanii Cavestro & Gruß

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A new species of Paphiopedilum from Myanmar has been described by Harold Koopowitz, Prapanth Iamwiriyakul and Srisuda Laohapatcharin in Phytotaxa. They call it Paph. myanmaricum.

Paph. myanmaricum Koopowitz, Iamwiriyakul & Laohapatcharin


A new species of Phragmipedium from Colombia is described by Marta Kolanowska and Dariusz L. Szlachetko. They name it Phrag. ramiroi and publish its description in Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Volume 1.

Phrag. ramiroi Kolanowska & Szlachetko

Guido J. Braem and Eliseo Tesón describe two new natural Phragmipedium hybrids. They named them Phrag. ×daguense and Phrag. ×narinense and published the descriptions in Schlechteriana.

Phrag. ×daguense Braem & Tesón
Phrag. ×narinense Tesón & Braem


Are you looking for the old PhragWeb website? Use the link in the top right corner of the screen to go there.

Welcome (back).

Cover of book The Genus Phragmipedium by Guido Braem.

Exciting news. The long awaited book on the genus Phragmipedium by Guido J. Braem has now a name and a face. A photo of the cover was released which you can see to the right. The full title of the book is The Genus Phragmipedium. Being a treatise of the conduplicate slipper orchids of Meso- and South America. It is written by Guido J. Braem in collaboration with Eliseo Tesón and Sandra L. Öhlund.

In a personal communication Guido mentioned that he hopes for a publication in September. The price for this book will be €85,- plus p&p.

Copies can be reserved under

** Update ** 19-Jun-2018 Guido J. Braem posted an update on Facebook concerning his upcoming book:
"We are just about done. One more check. If all is well, we will go into print in about 4 weeks."

P.S. Guido also told me he still has several copies of his monograph on the genus Paphiopedilum available. If you're interested in getting one you can contact him. (It's the book in the middle of the three monographs lower on this page.)

Species' influence charts.

Species' influence chart example.
With the revision of this website that was uploaded on 08-Feb-2018 came a new feature. On the Ancestry tab of the data page of every hybrid, a pie chart has been added that shows the percentage of influence of the species involved in the creation of the hybrid.

Recent monographs of slipper orchid genera.

Cover of book Slipper Orchid of the Tropical Americas by Phillip Cribb and Christopher Purver. Cover of book The Genus Paphiopedilum 2nd edition by Guido Braem, Guy Chiron and Sandra Öhlund. Cover of book Lateinamerikanische Frauenschuhe by Olaf Gruß
Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas.
Phillip Cribb & Christopher Purver
Published 2017 by Natural History Publication and Orchid Digest in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (English)
The Genus Paphiopedilum. 2nd Edition.
Guido J. Braem, Guy Chiron & Sandra L. Öhlund
Published 2016 by Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh. (English)
Lateinamerikanische Frauenschuhe.
Olaf Gruß
Published 2014 by Orchideenzauber-Verlag. (German)