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06-May-2020
Several new populations of Selenipedium have been found in French Guiana. Since these plants showed to be very different from any known species they were described as a new species: Selenipedium aucourdianum.

Sel. aucourdianum Sambin & Chiron

Source: richardiana.jardinbotaniquedeguyane.com

11-Nov-2019
From Peru comes a new species of Phragmipedium. It is described in a publication of Phytotaxa by Alexander Damián Parizaca, Melissa Díaz-Morales & Franco Pupulin. The name of this new species is Phragmipedium cabrejosii.

Phrag. cabrejosii Damián Parizaca, M. Díaz-Morales & Pupulin

Source: www.mapress.com/j/pt

05-Aug-2019
The Taiwanese counterpart of Cyp. macranthos is described as a separate entity and was given the name Cypripedium taiwanalpinum by Yung-I Lee, Pei-Chun Laio and Tsan-Piao Lin in an article in the journal Taiwania.

Cyp. taiwanalpinum Y.I. Lee, P.C. Liao & T.P. Lin

Source: tai2.ntu.edu.tw/taiwania

25-Jun-2019
A new species of Paphiopedilum from Yunnan, China is described in a publication of Phytotaxa, by Zhong-Jian Liu, Xing-Yu Liao and Si-Ren Lan. They named it Paphiopedilum erythroanthum.

Paph. erythroanthum Z.J. Liu, X.Y. Liao & S.R. Lan

Source: www.mapress.com/j/pt

26-May-2019
After re-evaluation of the differences to Paphiopedilum concolor, Leonid V. Averyanov, Olaf Gruß and Harold Koopowitz reclassify Paphiopedilum concolor var. trungkienii as an independent species in an E-Paper publication of Die Orchidee.

Paph. trungkienii (Averyanov, O. Gruß, C.X. Canh & N.H. Tuan) Averyanov, O. Gruß & Koopowitz

Source: www.orchidee.de

09-Mar-2019
A new natural Paphiopedilum hybrid from northern Mindanao, Philippines, is described by Derek Cabactulan, Jim Cootes, Reynold Pimentel and Ibn Dionisio.

Paph. ×deleonii D. Cabactulan, Cootes, Pimentel & Dionisio

Source: www.orchideenjournal.de

11-Dec-2018
Franco Pupulin and Melissa Díaz-Morales describe a new nothospecies from Costa Rica and Panama in an article that is published in Phytotaxa. They named it Phragmipedium ×talamancanum.

Phrag. ×talamancanum Pupulin & M. Díaz-Morales

Source: www.mapress.com/j/pt

12-Nov-2018
A new colour form of Paphiopedilum barbigerum from Northern Vietnam is described by Nguyen Hoang Tuan, Chu Xuân Canh and Pham Khuong Duy with the help of Olaf Gruß as Paphiopedilum barbigerum f. duyduongii.

Paph. barbigerum f. duyduongii N.H. Tuan, C.X. Canh & P.K. Duy

Source: www.orchidee.de

04-Oct-2018
The description of a new variety of Paphiopedilum villosum from Vietnam is published.

Paph. villosum var. laichaunum Hai & Tuan

Source: www.orchidee.de

05-Jun-2018
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

Source: www.orchideenjournal.de

08-May-2018
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 O. Gruß, Cavestro & G. Benk

Source: www.orchidee.de

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Orchid Digest Volume 84(4): (2020)
Special Year-end Issue - The Phragmipedium Issue

Cover of Orchid Digest Vol. 84-4 Oct., Nov., Dec. 2020. The Phragmipedium Issue.

Frank Cervera :
This special edition of the Orchid Digest contains the most accurate and concise treatise on the genus Phragmipedium available today. Unlike other books on the genus, the checklist of species is based on population dynamics and the realities of the natural world, and is supported by twenty-five (25) years of hands on field research. This spectacular edition contains many in situ photographs supporting the taxonomic treatment and teaches Phragmipedium culture from the viewpoint of natural populations, and correctly asks, and answers, what Mother Nature can teach us about this beautiful and poorly understood genus. This special edition also includes a treatise on the species concept within the genus that explains why the genus is plagued by an excessive number of synonyms.

The articles in this issue of Orchid Digest are :

  • An Introduction to the Phragmipedium Checklist by Harold Koopowitz.
  • A Checklist of Phragmipedium Species by Frank Cervera.
  • Phragmipediums: What Can Mother Nature Teach Us about Growing our Phragmipediums? by Frank Cervera.
  • Phragmipedium Taxonomy and The Species Concept: Who Is Correct, Mother Nature or Us? by Frank Cervera.
  • Book Review: Vanishing Beauty Native Costa Rican Orchids, Vol. 2: LacaenaPteroglossa by Phillip Cribb.
  • Breeding for White Phragmipedium Hybrids by William Goldner.

If you don’t have a subscription to the Orchid Digest, you can get a copy by going to the shop on their website. The price is $40 plus shipping.


Cover of book The Genus Paphiopedilum 3rd edition by Guido Braem.

Coming soon

The Genus Paphiopedilum 3rd edition by Guido J. Braem

Guido Braem is at the moment working on a third edition of his book The Genus Paphiopedilum which, if all goes well, will be released at the beginning of 2021. This new and limited edition will have the same format as his in 2018 released book The Genus Phragmipedium. It will be about 580 pages and have about 220 colour illustrations, including about 25 colour plates made by botanical artists.
The price will be €140 plus shipping. Bundled orders will of course cut the cost per book down. For orders of at least five books in one shipment Guido will make a special price. Orders will be taken when the book has gone to the printers.

Cover of book The Genus Phragmipedium by Guido Braem.

The above mentioned book from 2018, The Genus Phragmipedium by Guido J. Braem is still available and can also be ordered directly from the author. The price for this book is €85 plus shipping. And also for this book Guido offers to make a special price for orders of at least five books in one shipment.

Contact Guido Braem at braem44@gmail.com to let him know you are interested and tell him what country and city you live in, so he can give you a precise quote including shipping. All books purchased through him will be signed and personalised (dedicated) upon request.


Cover of book Paphiopedilum Südostasiatische Frauenschuhe (Band 1) by Olaf Gruß.

Now available

Paphiopedilum Südostasiatische Frauenschuhe by Olaf Gruß

On his Facebook page Olaf Gruß announced 28-Sep-2020 the upcoming publication of the first volume of a three part series in German on the genus Paphiopedilum.
This first volume (Band 1) is dealing with Brachypetalum, Parvisepalum, Emersonianum, all multifloral and sequential flowering species, and includes lists of hybrids. The book is in DIN A4 hardcover format and has over 530 pages and well over 2000 colour illustrations and photos. It is published in November 2020. The price of the book is €120 (€100 if you are a subscriber to the OrchideenZauber magazine) and can be ordered directly from the publisher Orchideenzauber-Verlag (Dr. J. Schmidt / djs@orchideenzauber.eu).

The second volume (Band 2) will contain the remaining species. And the third volume (Band 3) will be about the hybrids, including all natural hybrids, many primary hybrids and an overview of further breeding.


Cover of book Alle Phragmipedium-Arten im Bild by Olaf Gruß.

October 2019 a new book by Olaf Gruß was published as OrchideenZauber special edition (Sonderausgabe 10). This 135 page book in German contains over 300 photos and shows Olaf's latest views on the genera Phragmipedium, Mexipedium and Selenipedium.
The price for this book is €29 and is available directly from the author (a-o.gruss@t-online.de) or can be ordered from the publisher Orchideenzauber-Verlag (Dr. J. Schmidt / djs@orchideenzauber.eu).


Interesting articles.

On 06-May-2020 in the journal Richardiana an article was published in which Aurélien Sambin and Guy Chiron announce the discovery of several new populations of Selenipedium. These turned out to be different to al known species at the time. This new taxon is described as Selenipedium aucourdianum.
In the same article the taxonomic place of Selenipedium/Apedium chironianum is discussed.

Abstract of the article:

“Several Selenipedium populations have been found in the Sinnamary, Kourou and Regina regions, east and southeast of the French Guiana. A thorough study showed that these plants are very different from all other known species, especially by the remarkable size of its flowers. They are described as a new species, illustrated and compared with S. isabelianum, S. palmifolium and S. steyermarkii. A map of geographical distribution as wel as a key to all the species of the genus are proposed. Taxonomic notes on Selenipedium palmifolium and Apedium chironianum are added.”


In an article that was published 11-Nov-2019 in the journal Phytotaxa, a new species of Phragmipedium from Peru is described by Alexander Damián Parizava, Melissa Díaz-Morales and Franco Pupulin.

Abstract of the article:

“A new species of Phragmipedium section Lorifolia, P. cabrejosii, is described and illustrated from Peru, and its affinities are discussed. It is mainly compared with P. caricinum, from which it is distinguished by the simple inflorescence, the elliptic dorsal sepal, that is apically white, the shorter, apically twisted pale yellow petals tinged with rose, and the ovate-subrhombic staminodial shield (vs. reniform).”


28-Oct-2019 an article was published in the annual journal Flora Mediterranea by the Foundation pro Herbario Mediterraneo on behalf of OPTIMA. In this Italian peer-reviewed journal the announcement was made that the orchid species Cypripedium calceolus Linnaeus was discovered in the DjurDjura National Parc in Algeria, North Africa.

Abstract of the article:

“Discovery of Cypripedium calceolus (Orchidaceae) in Djurdjura (Algeria), news for North Africa. — Cypripedium calceolus L. (Orchidaceae) native to Eurasia is considered one of the flagship plant species of nature conservation. Because of its wide range, this species could be considered a taxon of minor concern, near threatened, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.
This orchid was discovered in the Djurdjura, in north-central Algeria. Ecological notes are also provided. This is the first report of this species in North Africa. This discovery will enrich the Algerian orchid in general and that of Kabylia in particular.”


After re-evaluation of the morphological characteristics, geographical distribution and study of molecular data, Yung-I Lee, Pei-Chun Laio and Tsan-Piao Lin conclude that the most reasonable taxonomic treatment is to separate Taiwan's population of Cypripedium macranthos as an independent entity. 05-Aug-2019 they describe this population as Cypripedium taiwanalpinum in an article in Taiwania.

Abstract of the article:

“This report presents one new hybrid orchid of Taiwan, i.e., Gastrochilus × hsuehshanensis which resulted from hybridization between G. formosanus and G. rantabunensis. Also, the existence of both Cyrtosia javanica and Cypripedium macranthos in Taiwan is questionable, and these were excluded from the Taiwanese orchid flora.”


The confusion surrounding the correct parentage of Phragmipedium ×grande/Grande continues as a new article by Franco Pupulin and Melissa Díaz-Morales is published on 11-Dec-2018 in the scientific journal Phytotaxa.

Abstract of the article:

“The taxonomic history of Phragmipedium × grande is traced to show that its current treatment as the cross between P. longifolium and P. humboldtii is untenable. According to our interpretation of the holotype and other materials prepared from specimens of the original cross, the name Phragmipedium × grande, as well as its counterpart, the orchid grex Phragmipedium Grande, have to be treated as the cross between P. longifolium and a species of sect. Phragmipedium from South America. The similarity of the flowers obtained crossing P. longifolium with P. caudatum and with P. warszewiczianum prevents, at this stage, a definitive statement about the original parentage of P. × grande, so it is advisable to treat it as the hybridizer originally stated, a cross of P. longifolium with the pollen of P. caudatum. This nothospecies cannot be formed under natural conditions, as the geographic ranges of the parental species do not overlap. The natural hybrid between Phragmipedium longifolium and P. humboldtii, previously reported from Panama and recorded here for the first time from Costa Rica, is described as P. × talamancanum. Full illustrations of the new nothospecies are provided.”

Recent monographs of slipper orchid genera.

Cover of book The Genus Phragmipedium by Guido Braem. 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.
The Genus Phragmipedium.
Guido J. Braem, in collaboration with Eliseo Tesón & Sandra L. Öhlund
Published 2018 by Prof. Dr. Guido J. Braem. (English)
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)