Cypripedium wardii Rolfe 1913 SECTION Subtropica

Photo courtesy of Jan Hrolv Larsen


Common Name Ward's Cypripedium [English Plant Collector in China and SE Asia late 1800's] - In China Kuan Kou Shao Lan

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southeastern Tibet and northwestern Yunnan province of China on limestone cliffs in shade of dense temperate rain forest at elevations of 2500 to 3500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with three to 4, dark green, elliptic, acute leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, pubescent, 5 to 6" [12.5 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with foliaceous, ovate-lanceolate, pubescent, ciliate, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Cypripedium guttatum var. wardii (Rolfe) P.Taylor 1976

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