Daily Flower Candy: Paphiopedilum rothschildianum

Looking for all the world like neatly groomed Victorian moustaches, these eccentric flowers belong to Paphiopedilum rothschildianum, Rothschild’s slipper orchid.  They seem a fitting choice for Father’s Day, with their masculine good looks.  Discovered by an Englishman abroad, these exotic blooms are a long way from their home in the rainforests around Mount Kinabalu in northern Borneo.

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