Paphiopedilum armeniacum S.C. Chen & F.Y. Liu 1982 SUBGENUS Parvisepalum SECTION Parvisepalum Aver. & Cribb Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Yassir Islam and Argus Orchids

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

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Common Name The Apricot Orange Paphiopedilum - In China Xing Huang Dou Lan

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Text by Yassir Islam

Arguably the most striking of the parvisepalums, Paph.armeniacum has garnered almost 100 AOS awards since its introduction in the US more than a decade ago. Even so, its popularity remains undiminished. With its large golden yellow flowers and amazing pouch, it is easy to see why.

This is a small, warm to cool growing, terrestrial species found on limestone cliffsides in humus with semi shade, they have distichous, 5 to 7 oblong, obtuse to acute, apically serrulate, dark and lighter green mottled leaves and purple spots beneath found in Yunnan provine of China at altitudes up to 2000 meters that has an erect, 10" [25 cm] long, green, pubescent, and spotted purple inflorescence with lanceolate,-ovate, acute floral bracts that gives rise to a single, thin textured flower in the winter and early spring that is held above the leaves and was discovered only in 1982. Paph armeniacum blooms on a terminal, erect, single flowered inflorescence with a lanceolate-ovate bract in spring and summer on a compact plant , which is often dwarfed by the size of the flower. The plant pictured is blooming in a 3" pot! This speecies can be grown in a hanging basket so as to accomodate the well spaced growths.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum armeniacum f. markii (O.Gruss) Braem in G.J.Braem, C.O.Baker & M.L.Baker 1998; Paphiopedilum armeniacum var. markii O.Gruss 1997; Paphiopedilum armeniacum var. mark-fun Fowlie 1987; Paphiopedilum armeniacum var. parviflorum Z.J.Liu & J.Yong Zhang 2001; Paphiopedilum armeniacum var. undulatum Z.J.Liu & J.Yong Zhang 2001

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