Paphiopedilum 'Lady Slipper'
Paphiopedilums, sometimes referred to as slipper orchids, are often regarded as the true aristocrats of the orchid world. The name Paphiopedilum is derived from greek word Paphius and pedilon, which means shoes. The popular name for Paphiopedilum is Lady Slipper.
Paphiopedilum orchids are mostly terrestrial and sometimes grow as epiphytes plants and originate from the jungles of the Far East like India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia. They are semi-terrestrial, growing in humus and other material on the forest floor, on cliffs in pockets and occasionally in trees.
A classical group of Paphiopedilum hybrids are the Maudiae-type, which are usually a cross between Paphiopedilum callosum and Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum. Each flower has a large, round, striped dorsal sepal and down-swept petals. This particular hybrid has been bred in Victoria, by John Martin and Andrew Francis of Castle Creek orchids, whom have won many awards for their Victorian Paphiopedilum hybrids.
b. Melbourne, Australia 1975
John is a contemporary botanical artist based in Melbourne whose focus is rare and unusual plants, exquisitely documented through accurate realism. John studied a doctorate in botany at University of Vigo, (Spain) and later studied botanical art with Jenny Phillips at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. He has won both Gold and Silver Medals from The Royal Horticultural Society and has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Numerous public and private collections around the world house John's work, including: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Hunt Institute for Botanical Illustration, Geelong Botanic Gardens Victoria and RMIT University, Melbourne. Being a recipient of many awards and maintaining a rigorous interstate and international teaching circuit has afforded John international recognition.