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Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum Shaggy Paphiopedilum


Shaggy Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum


Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum (Lindl. ex Hook. f.) Pfitzer 1892SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Stictopetalum Haller 1897 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by The Paph House

Full shade Warm to Cool Spring

Common Name The Shaggy Paphiopedilum - In China Dai Ye Dou Lan

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

This medium-sized, terrestrial or lithophytic species variety has 5 to 7, distichous, linear-oblong to linear-ligulate, obtuse at the obliquely bilobed apex, clear green leaves that are spotted purple beneath and is found in northeastern India and Burma [the other varieties are found in northern Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as well as SW China] at altitudes of 700 to 1800 meters in leaf litter pockets in forks or at the base of trees or on steep limestone cliff faces in narrow crevasses, and grows as a cool to warm, shade loving, terrestrial orchid in thin soil on rocks that likes to be kept evenly moist throughout the year, it in turn blooms in the spring with a longlasting, 12" [30 cm] long, single flowered, densely pubescent inflorescence that is green and has dark purple hairs and an elliptic floral bract that is 1/4 the length of the ovary.

Synonyms Cordula hirsutissima [Lindl. ex Hook. f.] Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium hirsutissimum Lindl. ex Hook. f. 1857; Paphiopedilum chiwuanum Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Paphiopedilum esquirolei var. chiwuanum (Tang & F.T.Wang) Braem & Chiron 2003; Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum var. chiwuanum (Tang & F.T.Wang) P.J.Cribb 1987