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Paphiopedilum victoria-mariae Virgin Mary Paphiopedilum


Virgin Mary Paphiopedilum , Paphiopedilum victoria-mariae


Paphiopedilum victoria-mariae (Rolfe) Rolfe 1896 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Cochlopetalum Haller ex Pfitz Photo courtesy of Tony Walsh

Common Name The Virgin Mary Paphiopedilum

Flower Size 3 1/2" [8 to 9cm]

Found on the island of Sumatra in ravines on sheer, almost vertical faces at elevations around 1900 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with oblong-ligulate, green mottled darker, flushed purple and ciliate near the base leaves, that blooms in the spring on a 40" [100 cm] long, successive opening with 2 to 3 open at a time, many flowered inflorescence with elliptic-oblong, ciliate floral bracts.

Synonyms Cordula victoria-mariae Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium victoria-mariae Rolfe 1896; Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum f. victoria-mariae (Sander ex Mast.) Rolfe 1893