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
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