Paphiopedilum vejvarutianum

This is a small terrestrial species from southwestern China and Thailand. Found around 500 to 750 meters, it is a warm grower, but I grow it kind of intermediate and it seems to handle that just fine too. It is a fairly new species, only just described in 2003, although it may have been on the market under the name Paphiopedilum charlesworthii var. kanchanaburi before. The flower measures about 15 cm across and feels quite large for the size of the plant. I like that. I also love the coloration and the contrasts in the sail, there are a few species within Paphiopedilum that share this, and I love them all.

I took this opportunity to test my new camera as well, a Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 III. It is a small compact that I plan to bring to Costa Rica with me. I made the decision to leave the large SRL (Nikon D7000) at home. I want something lighter and more accessible, that is, if it lives up to my expectations and standards. First test today, and I must say, so far I am impressed! It shoots raw, films in high def, with good ISO – important in low light djungles. Some more tests will prove its worth.

Paphiopedilum vejvarutianum O.Gruss & Roellke 2003.

By | 2015-08-29T20:10:41+02:00 August 29th, 2015|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , |4 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. Kelly September 6, 2015 at 01:58 - Reply

    What a beautiful paph! I’m fighting mealybugs with mine, so it’s nice to look at yours and have some hope and inspiration.
    I’m so glad you’re posting again. I always love seeing what’s happening with your orchids, and have learned so much from hearing and seeing how you grow yours.

    I found a tiny mounted Masdevallia triangularis today (a new one for me!) so I’m looking forward to seeing how that goes!

    • Karma September 6, 2015 at 09:38 - Reply

      Thank you very much Kelly! Very nice to hear! 🙂 Hoping you get a handle on the mealy bug problem soon, I’m feeling for you, but it can be done just hang in there! Good luck with your first Masdevallia! Careful, they are very addictive!! This one should be fairly temperature tolerant though so humidity is going to be your primary challenge I think. Worth the effort though, it is lovely!

  2. Worth September 8, 2015 at 02:27 - Reply

    I just found your blog tonight and have thoroughly enjoyed going through it! You’re Vivarium 2.0 story brought a tear but i was pleased it had a happy ending 🙂 I started converting an old aquarium into a small, warm orchid enclosure a couple weeks ago and will learn alot from your experience! Thanks for sharing

    • Karma September 8, 2015 at 08:46 - Reply

      Thank you very much for your kind words! I am happy to hear you find the blog helpful. Good luck with your vivarium build! 🙂

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