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Paphiopedilum sukhakulii Sukhakul's Paphiopedilum


Sukhakul's Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum sukhakulii


Paphiopedilum sukhakulii Schoser & Senghas 1965 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Planipetalum Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Common Name Sukhakul's Paphiopedilum [Thai Orchid Collector current]

Flower Size 5 3/4" [14 cm]

A northeastern Thai, small sized, hot to warm growing humus epiphyte at elevations of 240 to 1000 meters in sandy loam and leaf mold along streams with dappled to moderate shade with to 6, narrowly elliptic, pale and dark green mottled leaves that are trifid apically where it blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, terminal, to 10" [25 cm] long, purple brown and white haired inflorescence that has a green ovate floral bract that is 1/3 the length of the ovary and carries a single flower. At lower elevations of it's range it is often found growing with P. callosum.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum sukhakulii f. aureum Van Delden ex O.Gruss 1999