The Himalayan State of Sikkim, India is undoubtedly the place to visit if you are mesmerized by Orchids.
The pictures that follow are of Enchanting Orchids wearing a “Slipper”, but like Cinderalla only a single slipper.
The featured image and the picture that follows are of a Species of Orchid, Native to North East India. The scientific name is Slippery and a tongue twister as well Paphiopedilum hirsuttissimum.
These gorgeous Orchids were seen at the touristic but lovely Flower Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim.
( my friend and blogger (” themishmash” ) Priyanka was coincidentally and unknowingly there during the same time and has lovely pictures of a vast range of flowers besides Orchids as well)
I have learnt these Orchids are classified as “Symbodial” Orchids and the Pitcher Like or Lady Slipper LikePouch is designed to ensure nectar seeking Insects Pollinate the beautiful flowers.
The two pictures that follow were taken in a Treasure trove of Orchids not known to many ( especially my dear friend Priyanka) called the “Hidden Forest” in Gangtok itself.
The Labellum or Pouch clearly reveal they are from the genus Paphiopedilum subfamily Cypripedioideae and family Orchidaceae.
However I have no idea what species they are, but I am guessing they are cultivars or Hybrid Orchids. ( the Owl has closed his eyes and is most unhelpful as well)
Another species or a mature version of the above, am clueless. However both looked wonderful in the Dining Room at THE HIDDEN FOREST homestay in Gangtok.
I am taking a wide swing it as it resembles the Paphiopedilum superbiens.
Orchids are spellbinding , mystical and somewhat Alien looking , are they not? The Venus Slipper Orchids even more so than other ( as the name suggests) family members of The Orchid Family.