Paphiopedilum bellatulum [Rchb.f]Stein 1895 SUBGENUS Brachypetalum Haller 1897 Photo courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens

Full shadeHot to Warm Springand Summer

Common Name The Enchanting Paphiopedilum - In China Ju Ban Dou Lan - In Thailand Rongthao nari fa hoi, Ueang ueng

Flower Size to 2 1/2" [6 cm]

This is a small sized, warm to hot growing terrestrial species occuring in Assam India, Myanamar, Thailand and central and Yunnan China in shady, limestone crevices with the roots in leaf mold and moss at an altitudes of 300 to 1600 meters or on moist, mossy covered limestone rocks in shady spots, with 4 to 5, oblong, elliptic, rounded and minutely emarginate apically, mottled dark and pale green leaves that are purple spotted below. It flowers in the spring and summer from a short, pubescent, dark purple inflorescence with a floral bract that is half as long as the ovary that arises from the top center of the leaves and just clears or touches the leaves and it requires even water and fertilizer year round.

Synonyms Cordula bellatula Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium bellatulum Rchb.f 1888; Paphiopedilum bellatulum f. album (O'Brien) Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum bellatulum var. album O'Brien 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Cypripedium bellatulum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P bellatulum var album; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P bellatulum var chotekae; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P bellatulum var egregium; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P bellatulum var lineatum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P bellatulum var luteopurpureum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium bellatulumdrawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 2 1959 photo; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfadden & Smitnand 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 photo as Cypripedium bellatulum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 2 1970 photo; Die Orchideen #3 9-12 tafel 4 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing/photo fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 1 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 10 1982 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 6 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 2 1987 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Oasis Vol 1 No 3 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 1 2002 photo; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 1 Tanaka 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 2 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 photo; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo; 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 Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

Paphiopedilum bellatulum f. album (O'Brien) Braem in G.J.Braem, C.O.Baker & M.L.Baker 1998 Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

A White Color Variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 2 1959 photo; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 photo as Cypripedium bellatulum var album; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 1 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 2 1999 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide

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