Paphiopedilum philippinense (Rchb. f.) Stein
Paph philippinense is a widespread species found throughout the Philippines and actually into the northern part of Borneo. It is variable in nature, thus several subspecies have been recognized as Paph roebelenii and Paph laevigatum. Pretty much all of the taxonomists have now grouped them together into Paph philippinense. Almost always found around limestone cliffs, hills and outcroppings. Several color forms are recognized including an album variety shown below.
Plants can be easy to grow and flower. The plants seems to require a two week drop in temperature to the low 50's or even high 40's in the fall to reliably initiate flower spikes. Newer seedlings of more vigorous plants are also easier to flower.
Paph philippinense var alba 'Albino Beauty' AM/AOS
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