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Orchid Species: Phragmipedium caudatum

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Phragmipedium caudatum is an orchid species identified by (Lindl.) Rolfe in 1896.
Genus
Phragmipedium (Phrag.)
Grex
caudatum
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(Lindl.) Rolfe
Year
1896
ORIGIN: Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, this large sized species is a robust, caespitose, fan-shaped, cool to warm growing lithophyte, terrestrial or epiphyte with no pseudobulbs of open, fully exposed, grassy slopes, cliff faces, or humus soil at elevations of 800 to 2500 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This large sized species is a robust, caespitose, fan-shaped, cool to warm growing lithophyte, terrestrial or epiphyte with no pseudobulbs and imbricate, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths carrying ligulate, leathery, distichous, 3 to 4 pairs, basally imbricating, glabrous, dark green conduplicate below into the base leaves and blooms from winter through summer with long lasting, simultaneously opening flowers on a sub-erect, terminal, to 2' [60 cm] long, 3 to 6 flowered, racemose inflorescence that is just longer than the leaves and has a large leafy basal bract and several prominent tubular bracts.

FLOWER SIZE: 2 1/2 feet with the long petals [to 75 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Cypripedium Cyp caudatum 1840 Lindl.
Add+ Paphiopedilum Paph caudatum 1888 (Lindl.) Pfitzer
Add+ Selenipedium Sel caudatum 1854 (Lindl.) Rchb.f. & Warsz.
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Phrag. caudatum 'Franz' (5 awards from 2015 to 2018) Phrag. caudatum 'Dark Star' (4 awards from 1999 to 2007) Phrag. caudatum 'Charlotte' (3 awards from 2013 to 2016) Phrag. caudatum 'Fredensborg' (3 awards from 2012 to 2014) Phrag. caudatum 'Siebenthal' (3 awards from 1976 to 1978) Phrag. caudatum 'Jacqui's Dream' (2 awards in 2017) Phrag. caudatum 'Ingrid' (2 awards from 2009 to 2012) Phrag. caudatum 'Nadine's 'WOW'' (2 awards in 2012) Phrag. caudatum 'Monsoon Waterfall' (2 awards in 2007) Phrag. caudatum h.v. giganteum 'Abby' (2 awards in 2007) Phrag. caudatum h.f. sanderae 'Ronald Ciesinski' (2 awards in 2006) Phrag. caudatum 'Queenscliff' (2 awards in 2004) Phrag. caudatum 'Kingston' (2 awards in 2003) Phrag. caudatum 'Mem. Tess McMillan' (2 awards in 2003) Phrag. caudatum h.v. sanderae 'Tejas' (2 awards in 2002) Phrag. caudatum h.v. sanderae 'Matilda' (2 awards in 2000) Phrag. caudatum 'Bob's Baby' (2 awards from 1995 to 1999) Phrag. caudatum 'Regal Bearing' (2 awards from 1974 to 1996) Phrag. caudatum 'Von Weltz' (2 awards in 1990) Phrag. caudatum h.v. sanderae 'Equanimity' (2 awards in 1990)
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