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

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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, cool to 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; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 2 2008 photo; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok

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