The Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum buds that were slowly opening last week (see #6) are now fully fledged flowers. I really like the crisping that has developed along the upper edge of the petals. It’s a shame that the ends of petals have twisted, making them look narrower, but overall I’m really pleased with this plant.
P. hirsutissimum has a fairly broad range extending from northeastern India to southwestern China (See IOSPE for details). Like most of the plants in cultivation, this is probably P. hirsutissimum var. esquirolei, which comes from Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. This variety is less hairy but has larger flowers and more upright influorescences than typical P. hirsutissimum var. hirsutissimum.
I can’t decide if the staminode looks like a grumpy face sticking out its lower lip…
…or maybe a screaming face with a bristly crew-cut.