"Lady Slipper" - Orchid

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One of the most traditional Madeiran Christmas flowers is the " Lady Slipper" orchid, which blooms from mid-November to January..

Commoly designated " Lady Slipper" orchid (Paphiopedilum insigne), this flower originating from the Himalaya, growing between 1000 up to 2000 meters, is one of the most traditional flowers of the Christmas season in Madeira. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant, with linear leaves in tufts. The flowers have yellow brownish, pink, or greenish tones with a bag shaped labellum, arranged in long racemed inflorescences.
There are several species and hybrids of orchids cultivated in Madeira, the most common being the Paphiopedilum insigne.

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