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Paphiopedilum bellatulum Enchanting Paphiopedilum

 

Enchanting Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum bellatulum

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Paphiopedilum bellatulum [Rchb.f]Stein 1895 SUBGENUS Brachypetalum Haller 1897 Photo courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens

Full shade Hot to Warm Spring and Summer

Common Name The Enchanting Paphiopedilum - In China Ju Ban Dou Lan

Flower Size to 2 1/2" [6 cm]

This is a small sized, warm to hot growing species occuring in Assam India, Myanamar, Thailand and Central and Yunnan China ,with mottled dark and pale green leaves that are purple spotted below, that grows terrestrially in shady, limestone crevices with the roots in leaf mold and moss at an altitudes of 300 to 1600 meters or on moist, mossy covered limestone rocks in shady spots. It flowers in the spring and summer from a short, pubescent, dark purple inflorescence with a floral bract that is half as long as the ovary that arises from the top center of the leaves and just clears or touches the leaves and it requires even water and fertilizer year round.

Synonyms Cordula bellatula Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium bellatulum Rchb.f 1888; Paphiopedilum bellatulum f. album (O'Brien) Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum bellatulum var. album O'Brien 1896

 

 

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