Cypripedium irapeanum La Llave & Lex. 1825 SECTION Irapeana

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Plant and Flowers

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Plant and flowers in situ Mexico

Photo by Carl Withner

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Common Name Irapeao Cypripedium [A Town In Mexico]

Flower Size 4 3/4" [12 cm]

This spectacular, large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial hails from central Mexico south to Guatemala and Honduras on rocky brushy slopes in mixed pine and oak forests at elevations of 1000 to 3200 meters with a pubescent stem carrying ovate-lanceolate, undulate, rounded to the subsessile clasping base, bright green leaves with the upper ones merging into ovate, leaf bearing bracts that blooms in the summer and early fall with 1 to 8 successive flowers on an erect, slender, terminal, 4" [10cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Cypripedium lexarzae Scheidw. 1839; Cypripedium splendidum Scheidw. 1839; Cypripedium turgidum Sessé & Moç. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #5 1967 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #7 1967 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 9 1968 photo ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1971 photo ok; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Orquldea (Méx.) 13(1-3): 205-214. Cribb & Soto 1993 drawing/photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 ; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Las orquídeas del occidente de México. Vol. I Gonzales Tamayo & Hernandez 2010 drawing/Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #3 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020