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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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


The description of a new variety of Paphiopedilum villosum from Vietnam is published.

Paph. villosum var. laichaunum Hai & Tuan


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 O. Gruß, Cavestro & G. Benk


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Welcome (back).

Again new names have been added. The latest hybrid registrations are added to the website. The vast list of Paphiopedilum hybrids is still a work in progress. Also the programming behind the website has been further extended. For example the scripts and webpages are now ready for Cultivar Groups to be included in the lists. So from now on those entities will be added to the website as well.
More recently for every hybrid there is now an ancestry tree displayed on the data page.

Interesting articles.

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)