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Since the Victorian era of “orchidmania”, our fascination with this extraordinary family of plants is ever-growing. So much so, that all 28.000 species in the orchid family (Orchidaceae) are now CITES listed (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to protect them from illegal trade and over-collection in the wild.

Good news though – the orchids that you can buy commercially are propagated in licensed nurseries, producing cloned plants at affordable prices.

Slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum), so-called because of their pouch-like “slipper”, are much admired in the botanical and commercial worlds.

Meet one of the hybrid slipper varieties, “Crazy Horse” and find out what makes it different to wild species.

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