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Paphiopedilum villosum Hirsute Paphiopedilum


Hirsute Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum villosum


Paphiopedilum villosum (Lindl.) Pfitzer 1895 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Paphiopedilum Karasawa & Saito 1982

Full shade Cold to Cool Fall

Common Name The Hirsute Paphiopedilum - In China Zi Mao Dou Lan

Flower Size 5 to 6" [12.5 to 15 cm]

This large sized, cool to cold growing, clump forming humus epiphytic species or rare lithophyte with clear yellow green leaves is found in Assam India, Myanamar, Thailand; Southern China, Laos and Vietnam in primary, evergreen, wet, closed, mixed and broadleafed, highland cloud forests on tree forks or clumps of ferns 10 to 15 meters above the ground or rarely on cliff faces as a lithophyte at altitudes of 1100 to 2100 meters in areas with abundant rainfall. This species is charachterized by having 4 to 5 narrowly lanceolate to linear-ligulate, suberect, dark yellow green, purple spotted beneath near the base of the leaves and is unequally, acutely bilobed apically. It blooms on a suberect to arcuate, terminal, to 12" [30 cm] long, dark green with purple, pubescent inflorescence with an elliptic, glabrous, green spotted maroon floral bract that is as long as the ovary and a single, glossy flower in the fall.

Synonyms Cordula villosa [Lindley] Rolfe 1912; * Cypripedium villosum Lindl. 1854; Paphiopedilum densissimum Liu & Chen 2002; Paphiopedilum macranthum Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen 2002; Paphiopedilum villosum f. aureum Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum villosum var. fuscoroseum Aver. 2002; Paphiopedilum villosum var. fuscoviride Aver. 2002