Paphiopedilum St. Swithin

A rather large plant in my collection, Paphiopedilum St. Swithin (rothschildianum x philippinense), a classic cross registered back at the turn of the last century. The tag actually says Paphiopedilum philippinense, but this is abviously not the case… though most likely a St. Swithin. Regardless, it is an impressive multi-floral primary hybrid from the subgenus Polyantha and it sure does command respect when in blooms. The beautifully striped flowers measure nearly 10 cm tall with a petal wingspan of close to 20 cm across. P philippinense hail from from the Philippines and northern Borneo and is a hot growing species. P. rothschildianum is found in northern Birneo and grow warm to intermediate. This hybrid seems to be fairly easy going about temperature and I grow mine intermediate, though it did set spike after a late summer heatwave this year, so perhaps it had been yearning for a little bit of warmth? It has been blooming since early September now so I needed to capture it before it fades completely. The flowers are just starting to go now. I just love these long blooming plants, not uncommon but not the rule among Paphiopedilum. I grow it intermediate in a mixture of medium bark with a slight dash of crushed oyster shells under medium bright light with a slightly drier rest period in the winter. A strong grower for me. I love it!

Paphiopedilum philippinense [Rchb.f]Stein 1892.
Paphiopedilum rothschildianum (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1895

By | 2016-11-16T20:11:23+01:00 November 16th, 2016|Categories: My orchids, Orchid blog|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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Karma is a digital nomad graphic artist and writer, orchid nerd and long-distance hiker from Gothenburg, Sweden. Former editor-in-chief for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine, published internationally and held lectures on orchid culture.


  1. Lise November 16, 2016 at 18:57 - Reply

    Beautiful!!! But it is not a philippinense…

    • Karma November 16, 2016 at 19:03 - Reply

      Thanks! Yes it is rather lovely. 🙂 Funny you say so. The minute after I posted it I actually begun listening to that gnawing feeling in my gut that, yeah… I don’t think it is a pure species… looks a lot like a roth… I just conferred with a friend (and Paph specialist) on the subject and we concluded it is most likely a Paphiopedilum St. Swithin (rothschildianum x philippinense). I will update the post. 😉

  2. Lise November 16, 2016 at 19:23 - Reply

    Yes, I agree! Could be a very nice St.Swithin!

  3. André van Weeghel November 16, 2016 at 23:05 - Reply

    Big, beautiful plants. Very beautiful. Love it. And got to see that you still have your orchids

    • Karma November 17, 2016 at 00:10 - Reply

      Thanks! Oh yeah… I still have lots of orchids… 😉

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