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Cypripedium acaule 'Harbinger's Fragrant' × 'Harbinger #1'
Number: TN3191
Name: Cypripedium acaule 'Harbinger's Fragrant' × 'Harbinger #1'
Type: outcross    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Timothy C. Choltco  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: Cypripedium acaule is a difficult plant to keep alive for long. Two major requirements: A soil with a very low organic composition (pine-sand), because a soil high in organics will cause the plants to rot. Also, the pH must be low, that is, it must remain very acidic, similar to that needed for rhododendrons and azaleas.
Comments: Pod parent plant: This is a North American native temperate Cypripedium that was rescued from a construction site. The plant has been in my care for three years, and this represents its first flowering in cultivation. Small plant.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter: days average 80°F, nights 61°F; best fit is Intermediate 83-60°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of acaule   From Latin "acaulis" stemless, with a low flower raceme. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Cypripedium   From Greek "Kypris" Aphrodite; "pedilon" shoe. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of Cypripedium   sip-re-PEE-dee-um (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: This orchid is very widely distributed from northeastern Alberta into the Northwest Territories in Canada southeastward across southeastern Canada to Newfoundland and across the northern midwest in the U. S., including the Great Lakes region, all of the northeastern U. S to the Atlantic coast, and along the eastern seaboard from Maine to as far south as northeastern Georgia. Over this wide range, there are two types of habitat. The first is in high and dry woods which often are on sandy soil. The second is in somewhat boggy conditions, usually with some type of sphagnum nearby. The two constants common in these two habitats are shade and very acid soil. Otherwise, there is a wide range in temperature and moisture levels in the differing climatic zones.
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