Paphiopedilum malipoense S.C. Chen & Tsi 1984 SUBGENUS Parvisepalum
Karasawa & Saito 1982 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by
Common Name The Malipo Paphiopedilum [Area in China] - In China
Ma Li Po Dou Lan
Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]
This lithophyte from southern China north and south Vietnam, is
found in leaf litter on limestone rocks in mixed semi-decidous to
open deciduous, broadleafed mountainous cloud forests, or on steep
limestone cliffs or at the summits of limestone mountains with
mosses and ferns at elevations of 450 to 1450 meters in partial
shade and has 4 to 6, distichous, coriaceous, oblong or narrowly
elliptic, acute to obtuse at the asymetric apex, dark and light
green mottled dark green leaves that are heavily purple spotted and
keeled beneath, a spring blooming, single [rarely 2] flowered, green
spotted with purple, white hirsute, 12" to 20" [30 to 50 cm] long,
inflorescence arising from a narrowly ovate-lanceolate floral bract
with alarge flower having a nice [apple-raspberry] scent and likes
water more than other paphs and is a cool to warm grower that is
found at altitudes of 500 to 1600 meters and was discovered in 1984.
Synonyms Paphiopedilum angustatum Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen 2000;
Paphiopedilum malipoense f. concolor Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum
malipoense f. tonnianum Roeth 2000; Paphiopedilum malipoense f.
virescens O.Gruss & Roeth 2001; Paphiopedilum malipoense var.
angustatum (Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen) Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen 2002