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Paphiopedilum venustum Charming Paphiopedilum


Charming Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum venustum


Paphiopedilum venustum [Wall. ex Sims] Pfitz. 1888 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Sigmatopetalum. Photo courtesy of David Morris and Clackamas Orchids Home Page

Full shade Cold to Warm LATE Winter and Spring

Common Name The Charming Paphiopedilum - In China Xiu Li Dou Lan

Flower Size to 3 1/2" [9 cm]

A medium sized, late winter and spring bloomer on an erect, terminal, 5" [12 cm] long, deep purple, pubescent inflorescence with a elliptic-lanceolate floral bract carrying a solitary flower from Assam India, northeastern Bangladesh, the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Nepal and Yunnan China at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters at the base of cliffs in humus or in dense undergrowth or bamboo thickets often near streams, as well as in the crotch of trees with leaf deitrius that grows as a cold to warm, shade loving terrestrial with narrowly elliptic, mottled bluish and lighter green leaves that are purple beneath which needs humid, well watered conditions year round.

Synonyms Cordula venusta [Wall. ex Sims] Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium venustum Wall. 1820; Paphiopedilum venustum var. bhutanensis Pradhan 1979; Paphiopedilum venustum var. rubrum Pradhan 1979; Paphiopedilum venustum var. teestaensis Pradhan 1979 Stimegas venustum (Wall. ex Sims) Raf. 1838