Cypripedium subtropicum S.C.Chen & K.Y.Lang 1986 SECTION Subtropica

Photo by Egon Krogsgaard and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower

Photo by Hong Jian

Part shadeCool EARLYSummer

Common Name The Subtropical Cypripedium - In China Nuan Di Shao Lan

Flower Size 2 1/2" 3.75 cm]

Found in southeastern Tibet in forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect, pubescent stem with several basal pubescent sheaths and carrying 9 to 10, elliptic-oblong to elliptic-lanceolate, abaxially pubescent, acuminate, more or less ciliate margins, contracted below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the early summer on a terminal, racemose, red pubescent, to 12" [30 cm] long, 7 flowered inflorescence with more or less reflexed, linear-lanceolate, reddish pubescent, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #4 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide