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Paphiopedilum spicerianum Spicer's Paphiopedilum

 

Spicer's Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum spicerianum

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Paphiopedilum spicerianum [Rchb.f]Pfitz. 1888 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Thiopetalum Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Full shade Cold to Warm Fall to Winter

Common Name Spicer's Paphiopedilum [English Officer in India 1800's] - In China Bai Qi Dou Lan

Flower Size to 3" [6 to 8 cm]

This smaller sized, terrrestrial or sometimes lithophytic species has 5 oblong, clear, dull green leaves that are mottled purple below and is from the Assam region of India, the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan and Myanamar as well as Yunnan China on steep rocky slopes or in rock crevasses at elevations of 300 to 2000 meters and is a small sized, cold to warm growing plant that flowers from autumn till winter with an erect, multiflowered, sequential blooming, slender, purple 9 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, inflorescence with ovate, acute bracts and needs shade with no winter rest.

Synonyms Cordula spiceriana [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium spicerianum Rchb.f 1879; Paphiopedilum spicerianum f. immaculatum Braem 1999

 

 

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