Phragmipedium is a genus of the Orchid family (Orchidaceae) (Subfamily Cypripedioideae) and the only genus comprised in the tribe Phragmipedieae and subtribe Phragmipediinae. The name of the genus is derived from the Greek phragma, which means "division", and pedium, which means "slipper" (referring to the pouch). It is abbreviated 'Phrag' in trade journals.

About 20 species of these lady's slipper orchids are known from SW Mexico, Central and tropical South America.

All members of the genus Phragmipedium are listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.


    Welcome to the Austin Creek Orchids website!


    We are located a short distance north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County - home of fine wines, dairy cows, redwoods and scenic coastlines.


    The orchid bug first stuck me in my early teens, when I discovered a commercial Phaleonopsis grower in the Phoenix area where I grew up. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1976, I quickly became acquainted with Rod McClellan's orchids in South San Francisco and it wasn't long until my kitchen window was brimming with orchids.


    A move to Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) in 1989, afforded an opportunity to house my rapidly growing orchid collection in a backyard greenhouse. After the first greenhouse and then the second greenhouse became full, it was time to begin looking for new options. In 1999, we completed construction of a new greenhouse (and home) in Petaluma - the future site of Austin Creek Orchids.


    Austin Creek Orchids is a manifestation of my long-term passion for Orchidacea. I am always looking for new and interesting varieties to add to the Austin Creek collection. I am pleased to share them with you. The plants offered here reflect my varied and sometimes eclectic tastes. Hopefully, you will find things that appeal to you as well.


    Dale Martin - owner


    The actor Raymond Burr (of Perry Mason and Ironside fame) and his partner were avid orchid growers. Over their careers, they established Sea God Nursery and created more than 2,000 Cattleya hybrids. I have been collecting a select divisions from original Sea God Nursery collection since 1994 and now divisions of many of them available. Follow the link for a current listing:



    Thanks for stopping by my Virtual Greenhouse!

    First, about me. I'm the Webmaster and Newsletter Editor for the Sacramento Orchid Society and my greenhouse is located in Elk Grove, CA. My orchids and greenhouse help me relax and have become my oasis.

    My greenhouse is a 12' x 18' aluminum framed, kit greenhouse from Conley . During the summer I have to coat it with a thick coat of shading paint and 2 layers of 47% shadecloth to prevent the summer sun from frying my orchids. I have a Jaybird fogger, a misting system and evaporative cooler running all summer long to keep the temps. down. During the winter I remove the shadecloth and have a Southern Burner vented gas heater. All my climate control systems are wired through thermostats. I also have a reverse osmosis water system installed in there which is tied to my fogger. What we do for our orchids!






    We specialize in fine Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium "lady slipper" orchids.  As one of the most colorful and diverse orchid genera, slipper orchids have fascinated orchid lovers for over 150 years.  We provide only the finest, healthiest plants to our clients, whether they are buying their first Paphiopedilum or have been collecting for years.
      Part of the joy of growing orchids is the constant learning process. We continually update our culture information with advice and observations from experienced growers around the world.  You can also find information on orchid biology and genetics geared to the layperson.
      We are now blogging about slipper orchids at   




    Don't let the German name be a deterrent, the web site is available in English. I even made sure you arrive at the English version. 

    More on-line store for purchasing orchids, but they do a great job describing what they sell, how best to grow it and excellent photography.  This is a great resource for researching how to grow orchids. 


    Editor's Note:

    I use there general orchid class information on this web site.





    Address:15819 Del Monte Farms Rd, Castroville, CA 95012


    The Orchid Zone is a premier breeder of Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and other genera of orchids. The Orchid Zone is also the proud owner of the Golden Gate Orchids collection of Odontoglossum.

    The Orchid Zone was founded by Terry Root in 1981. The quality of our collection and the success of our breeding lines are entirely due to Terry’s hard work, passion, and insight.


    Dr. John Chant is an occasional guest speaker at Bay Area orchid societies.






    Located in the heart of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country, we are orchid growers specializing in Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, and other selected and interesting orchid species and hybrids.



    In the interest of conservation and preservation of orchid species,
    all species listed here are grown from seed or

    are divisions of established plants.




    EDITOR'S NOTE: - this web site was last updated April 22, 2007.  No verification if the owner is still in business, but the descriptions of items he does (or did) sell might be valuable to individuals shopping for orchids.