Cypripedium debile Rchb. f. 1874SECTION Retrinervia

Plant and Flower

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Flower Closeup

Photo by David Llewelyn and his Koolplants website

Common Name The Frail Cypripedium - In Japan- Ko-Atsumori-So - In China Dui Ye Shao Lan

Flower Size 1/4 to 3/4" [1 to 2 cm]

Found in Japan, Taiwan and China in humus rich and well drained soils in forests, thickets and shady places along ravines at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with glabrous stems carrying 2 ovate, cordate, reticulate veined leaves that blooms in the spring on a pendant, solitary flowered inflorescence with the flower held just above ground level.

Synonyms Cypripedium cardiophyllum Franch. & Sav. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1874; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 3 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #8 1975; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #1 1998 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 2 2008 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide;