Cypripedium formosanum Hayata 1916 SECTION Flabellinervia

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Jan Hrolv Larsen

Another Plant

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Plant and flower in situ Taiwan

Photo by J A Fowlie.

Common Name The Beautiful Cypripedium - Formosa's Lady's Slipper - In China Tai Wan Shao Lan

Flower Size 2 1/2 to 2 3/4" [6 to 7 cm]

Found in China on shaded seepage slopes at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a relatively slender, creeping, often branching rhizome giving rise to an erect, glabrous to puberulent stem provided with several basal sheaths and carrying 2, subopposite, apical, ovate to round, plicate, both surfaces sparsely puberulent or adaxillay glabrous, margin undulate, cuneate below, mucronate apically leaves with the veins radiating out like a fan that blooms in the spring on a terminal, slender, 4" [10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a foliaceous, ovate-lanceolate, sparsely puberulent, acute longer than the ovary floral bract.

Synonyms Cypripedium japonicum var. formosanum (Hayata) S.S.Ying 1975

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 47 no 5 1983 Drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 4 1987 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 10 2000 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 11 2002 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #1 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #1 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #7 2008 photo 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; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;

Cypripedium formosanum 'Trident's Twinkle Toes' CCM/AOS Hayata 1916

Photo by Wilford Neptune who also is the grower of this awarded plant.

Multifloral View