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Paphiopedilum mastersianum Master's Paphiopedilum


Master's Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum mastersianum


Paphiopedilum mastersianum (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1895

SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Blepharopetalum Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by White Oak Orchids

Common Name Master's Paphiopedilum [English Orchid Magazine Publisher 1800's]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in the Molucca and Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia as a medium sized, perennial, herbaceous, cool to warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 900 to 2000 meters with narrowly oblong, tridentate apically, deep green with pale green tessalate leaves occuring in pockets of humus on steep cliff faces with moderate shade with mist and condensation supplying water even in the dry seasons. It blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, purple, pubescent, 12 to 15" [30 to 37.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an ovate, subacute bract. This is a warm to cool growing orchid that likes to be wet year round and have a balanced fertilizer in the growing season with a lessening in the winter.

Synonyms Cordula mastersiana [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium mastersianum Rchb. f. 1879; Paphiopedilum mastersianum var. mohrianum (Braem) Koop. 2000; Paphiopedilum mohrianum Braem 1989