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Paphiopedilum micranthum Tiny Flowered Paphiopedilum


Tiny Flowered Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum micranthum


Paphiopedilum micranthum Tang & Wang 1951 SUBGENUS Parvisepalum Karasawa & Saito 1982 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Tiny Flowered Paphiopedilum - In China Ying Ye Dou Lan

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

A smaller sized, southwestern China and northwestern Vietnam, single flowered, terrestrial and lithophytic species on steep limestone cliff faces and peaks of limestone ridges and mountains or rarely epiphyte on mossy stems of old trees near the ground in upper montane cloud forestswith 3 to 5, distichous, oblong-elliptic, obtuse to subacute, mottled dark and paler green leaves that are purple spotted beneath and an erect, 3 3/4" to 10" [9 to 25 cm] long, terminal, green spotted with purple inflorescence which has lanceolate-narrowly elliptic bracts, where it is found in crevices of limestone rocks in deep shade at elevations of 600 to 1700 meters and was discovered only as recent as 1951. It blooms through the spring and summer and likes to be kept moist and cooler than others in the Parvisepalum group..

Synonyms Paphiopedilum globulosum Liu& Chien 2002; Paphiopedilum micranthum f. alboflavum (Braem) Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum micranthum f. glanzeanum (O.Gruss & Roeth) O.Gruss & Roeth 1999; Paphiopedilum mic