Phrag. wallisii (#2)

('Dutch Treat' x self)

Hailing from Ecuador and named in 1873 in honor of the plant collector Gustav Wallis, Phrag. wallisii is one of the spectacular long-petalled phragmipedium species. The flowers of wallisii are slightly smaller than those of Phrag. caudatum, but their petals can still reach up to two feet in length! Phrag. wallisii grows on steep cliffs in rich volcanic soil underneath surface mosses, but the shallow roots receive fast drainage. Therefore, in cultivation, it should be kept a little drier than most other phrags (evenly-moist but not sopping-wet).
photo taken on 06-12-07
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