Cypripedium malipoense S.C.Chen & Z.J.Liu 2004 SECTION Trigonopedia

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Common Name The Malipo Cypripedium [A town in Yunnan Province of China] - In China Ma Li Po Shan Lan

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in southeastern Yunnan province of China in humus rich areas in forests or thickets at elevations of 2200 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stout rhizome giving rise to a short stem covered by 2 sheaths and carrying 2 subopposite, prostrate to the substrate, yellowish, maroon spotted, [very similar to the color of the flower] broadly ovate to suborbicular, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, short, single flowered inflorescence without bracts.

CAUTION This is an accepted Cypripedium species and not to be confused with the very dissimilar Pahiopediulum malipoense.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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 Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;