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Paphiopedilum argus Argus Paphiopedilum


Argus Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum argus


Paphiopedilum argus (Rchb. f.) Stein 1892 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Barbata SUBSECTION Barbata Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Arthur Keown

Common Name Argus Paphiopedilum [a reference to the greek myth of Argus, a hundred eyed monster, similar to the spotting on the petals]

Flower Size to about 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in the Philippines at elevations at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters on limestone as a medium sized, warm to hot growing terrestrial at elevations above 600 meters with elliptic or elliptic-oblong, light green with lightly spotted darker green leaves with a bifid and minutely serrate apex that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, 15" [37.5 cm] long, single-flowered, pubescent inflorescence with an elliptic floral bract.

Synonyms Cordula Argus Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium argus Rchb. f. 1873; Cypripedium argus subvar nigricans Veitch; Cypripedium barbatum var argus Vos. ?; Cypripedium moensianum auct. 1887; Cypripedium moensii auct. 1893; Cypripedium pitcherianum Manda 1887; Paphiopedilum argus var. moesii [Linden] Stein 1892; Paphiopedilum argus var nigricans Hort ex Stein 1892; Paphiopedilum argus var. sriwanae (Koop.) O.Gruss 1994; Paphiopedilum sriwanae Koop. 1991