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Paphiopedilum malipoense Malipo Paphiopedilum

 

Malipo Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum malipoense

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Paphiopedilum malipoense S.C. Chen & Tsi 1984 SUBGENUS Parvisepalum Karasawa & Saito 1982 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dennis Olivas

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

 

 

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