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Paphiopedilum bougainvilleanum Bougainville Paphiopedilum

 

Bougainville Paphiopedilum , Paphiopedilum bougainvilleanum

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Paphiopedilum bougainvilleanum Fowlie 1971 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Blepharopetalum Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Bougainville Paphiopedilum [An Island that is Part of New Guinea, just north of the Solomon Islands ]

Found on Bougainville Island in very wet montane forests at elevations of 1100 to 1850 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte on trees with their roots in leaf humus or thick moss carrying 6 to 7, narrowly elliptic, pale green tesselated darker leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, pale green, to 9 3/4" [23 cm] long, purple haired inflorescence withan elliptic floral bract that gives rise to a single flower.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum violascens var bougainvilleanum [Fowlie ex Siles & Fowlie] Koopowitz 1995

 

 

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