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“lady slipper” (orchid) / Sapatinho

🇬🇧 One of the most traditional Madeiran Christmas flowers is the ” Lady Slipper” orchid, which blooms from December to January.
Commoly designated ” Lady Slipper” orchid (Paphiopedilum insigne), this flower originating from the Himalaya, growing between 1000 up to 2000 meters, is one of the most traditional flowers of the Christmas season in Madeira. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant, with linear leaves in tufts. The flowers have yellow brownish, pink, or greenish tones with a bag shaped labellum, arranged in long racemed inflorescences.
There are several species and hybrids of orchids cultivated in Madeira, the most common being the Paphiopedilum insigne, which blooms from December to January.
🇵🇹 Uma das mais tradicionais flores do Natal madeirense é o Sapatinho, que floresce de dezembro a janeiro.
O Sapatinho (Paphiopedilum), originário dos Himalaias esta espécie se desenvolve a cerca de 1000 a 2000 metros de altitude, e é uma das flores mais tradicionais da época natalícia na Madeira. Trata-se de uma planta herbácea, perene, com folhas lineares em tufos. As flores têm tonalidades amarelo-acastanhadas, rosadas, esverdeadas, com labelo em forma de saco, dispostas em inflorescências racemosas, longas.
Cultivam-se várias espécies e híbridos de sapatinhos na Madeira, sendo a mais comum a Paphiopedilum insigne, que floresce de dezembro a janeiro.

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