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Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum Lawrence's Paphiopedilum


Lawrence's Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum


Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1888 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Barbata SUBSECTION Barbata Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name Lawrence's Paphiopedilum [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size to 5" [to 12.5 cm]

This small sized, terrestrial or lithophytic, hot growing species hails from Borneo and is found on limestone rocks and in leaf litter at elevations of 300 to 500 meters with terete, brown pubescent roots giving rise to 5 to 6, in a fan, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, obtuse to subacute, minutely tridentate apically, pale green to yellow green, strongly tessellated with dark green leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, 15 to 18" [37.5 to 45 cm] long, 1 to occasional 2 flowered, shortly pubescent, maroon inflorescence that has small, ovate, green veined maroon floral bract that is 1/4 the length of the ovary occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Cordula lawrenceana Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium hyeanum L.Linden & Rodigas 1886; *Cypripedium lawrenceanum Rchb. f. 1878; Cypripedium lawrenceanum var. hyeanum L.Linden & Rodigas in ? ; Paphiopedilum barbatum subsp. lawrenceanum (Rchb.f.) M.W.Wood 1976; Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum f. hyeanum (L.Linden & Rodigas) O.Gruss & Roeth 1999; Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum var. hyeanum (L.Linden & Rodigas) Braem 1988