Cypripedium calcicolum Schltr. 1924

Plant and Flowers in situ China Photos by Ernst GŁgel ©

Part ShadeColdLATESpringEARLYsummer

Common Name or Meaning The Lime Living Cypripedium - In China He Yua Shao Lan

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Shanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China in rocky, moist locales in forests and thickets at elevations of 2600 to 3900 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, usually pubescent stem provided with several basal sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, elliptic, almost glabrous, minutely ciliate, acuminate to acute leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, peduncle pubescent, single flowered inflorescence with a leaf-like, ovate-lanceolate, almost three times longer than the ovary floral bract.

Synonyms Cypripedium smithii Schltr. 1924; Cypripedium tibeticum subsp. calcicola (Schltr.) Eccarius 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide as C smithii; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 as C smithii; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 photos fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as C calcicola; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as C calcicola drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;