Complementing its rather curious appearance, Paphiopedilum supardii has a very curious origin. It was originally 'discovered' as an herbarium specimen in 1915, but overlooked and ignored, then 're-discovered' in 1975 as Paph. 'victoria', then in 1982 as Paph. 'devogelii', then validated as a distinct species and named after the most recent collector of the plant. Although the species has been known for nearly one hundred years, it is still quite scarce in cultivation, probably owing to its small, restricted range in Borneo. This is not a difficult species to grow, being much like many other strap leaf Paphiopedilums: warm temperatures during the day, moderately bright to bright light, roots that do not stay constantly wet but instead are allowed to dry out intermittently, moist and breezy air surrounding the plant, and a pronounced drop in night temperatures in the fall. Plants are slow growing however, and seedlings seem to take an inordinately long time to reach flowering size. Its lack of use in hybridizing probably is related to the strange twisting and twirling of the petals; occasionally a superior hybrid is produced from this plant, and a photo of one of those plants will be shown soon. Stay tuned! Like at least two other members of Section Coryopetalum (Paph. kolopakingii and Paph. adductum), after the flowers mature Paph. supardii produces sap droplets on the reverse of the dorsal sepal and develops small "strings and spots" of material on the dorsal sepal and pouch that appear to mimic insect eggs. View of entire inflorescence

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