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Phragmipedium ×roethianum O. Gruß & Kalina
in Die Orchidee, 49(5): 243-245 (1998).
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Etymology : This natural hybrid is named in honour of Jürgen Röth from Flarchheim in Thüringen, Germany, for his work in orchid science, and in recognition for his activities both as director of the botanical garden of the Halle University in Germany and for the German Orchid Society (D.O.G.).
Description
Plant : The plant is up to 60 cm high, with little or no distance between the shoots.
Leaves : Up to 40 cm long leaves which are about 2 cm wide.
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Flower :
Habitat :
Distribution : Ecuador. The exact locations are unknown.
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History : More and more in collections of Phrag. hirtzii were plants found that were quite different from the type species in size and especially because of the pubescence of the staminode. Partly these plants came in circulation in the U.S.A. and Japan as being the true species. One of these plants was even under the name of Phrag. hirtzii 'Fox Valley' awarded an HCC by the AOS. This awarded plant was used by Olaf Gruß and Tom Kalina as type material for the description of the natural hybrid Phragmipedium hirtzii Dodson × Phragmipedium longifolium (Reichenbach fil. & Warszewicz) Rolfe.
Comments : This natural hybrid is quite variable in appearance. That is in size of the plant, the colouration of the flowers as well as in the amount of hairs on the staminode.