Like an orchid

The Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum rothschildianuman orchid that is on top of the endangered species list and has a history worthy of its nickname. It is found on Mount Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,800 feet on northeast facing slopes. It grows near ravines with large amounts of a specific rock called serpentine. It tends to bloom from April to June, but not always. This species enjoys bright light and requires a dip of cool temperature at night to trigger flower spikes. Cool temperatures at night are also required for other orchids too, such as thePhalaenopsis or Cymbidium, but not every species requires such temperature drops, it depends on the plant’s originating environment and climate. 

The interesting part is that it can cost as much as $5,000 for a single bloom, on the stem.


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