|Original Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar
American Orchid Society - Director of Education Note:
Very few of the 130,000 or more orchid hybrids are ever made more than once and fewer still stand the test of time.
Paphiopedilum Saint Swithin, the inspiration for "Swirling Nymphs", is one of these rare hybrids. The cross, Paph.
(philippinense x rothschildianum), was originally registered in 1901 and has been remade many times; each succeeding
remake of higher quality than its predecessor. Five or six imposing flowers up to 9” or more across are produced on each
inflorescence. Paph. Philippinense is widely distributed throughout the Philippines but uncommon anywhere in its range
while Paph. rothschildianum, often called the King of Orchids, is found only in three sites on the lower slopes around
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo. In at least one of these sites it is now assuredly extinct. The entire genus Paphiopedilum is
considered critically endangered and international trade in these species and hybrids is strictly controlled by CITES