I never imagined that looking at an orchid flower would bring such joy. When I was a kid, I never said I wanted to be an orchidist but yet here I am.. an orchidist, a lover of orchids. I have the privilege of seeing literally thousands of orchids. Many just take your breath away. I hate to admit it, but I've even gotten misty eyed while admiring the beauty of an orchid flower. I am sure it is because I admire them so much that I happen upon a black orchid called Paphiopedilum Astro Boy (Paph. Makuli x Paph. rothschildianum).
A real black orchid is markedly unusual making them very rare. The normally occurring flower color of Paphiopedilum Astro Boy is green and maroon. A black "mutation" like this is very unusual and special. Enjoy!