The genus of Selenipedium is a relatively unknown group of slipper orchids. Their presence in Brazil, specifically
in the Amazon Basin is known from the end of the 19th century. Botanically this genus of orchids is poorly studied and
commercially they had only some importance in these past days because of its aromatic seed capsules that resembles the
flavour of "Vanilla", but nowadays with the artificial flavours made by man it has become useless.
As these orchids produce very small flowers and are difficult to cultivate very few persons (amateurs/scientists) grow them, and it is even more difficult to find some photos of them.
Botanist of the Brazilian Museu Emílio Goeldi in Belém do Pará Mr. João Batista Fernandes da Silva and his wife Mrs. Manoela are together with several other people involved in botanical research of the genus Selenipedium. Botanically the genus is important for understanding the evolutionary steps reached by the others slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum, Cypripedium, Phragmipedium and Mexipedium), as they are the most primitive of them. Research is also necessary because selenipediums are threatened in their existence because of habitat loss. So better understanding them makes it hopefully possible to save them from extinction.
This part of the website shows some of the results and the news coming from these studies. Among these are unique photos of this group of orchids. Updates are made when new information comes available. All the information in this research-section of the website comes to me through Mr. Roberto Takase from São Paulo, who is one the people involved in this research project.
Research on Selenipedium palmifolium.
Selenipedium palmifolium flowering in cultivation.
Discovery of Selenipedium steyermarkii.
Rediscovery of Selenipedium vanillocarpum.