Paphiopedilum emersonii Koop. & P.J. Cribb 1986 SUBGENUS Parvisepalum SECTION Emersonianum Aver. & Cribb

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Another Flower

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Common Name Emerson's Paphiopedilum [American orchid enthusiast Emerson 'Doc' Charles.] - In China Bai Hua Dou Lan

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

Text by Yassir Islam

Found in the Yunnan provinvce in China and northern Vietnam in primary, semi-deciduous to evergreen, broadleafed, open, dry forests on very steep slopes and shady cliffs of very eroded crystaline limestone at elevations of 460 to 750 meters as a small sized, warm to hot growing lithophytic species with 4 to 7, distichous, coriaceous, glossy green above pale green below, ligulate to oblong, acute to obtuse leaves that are distinctly keeled beneath that blooms in the late spring on an erect, shorter, to 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered, whitish, pubescent inflorescence subtended by a papery, elliptic, acute shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying a large flower with a slightly sweet to chocolate scent and was discovered as recently as 1986. This species should be kept wetter year round and given even fertilizer while growing and a lessening as growth slows.

Paph emersonii belongs to the parvisepalum(parvi) section of paphs, exhibiting the characteristic inflated balloon like pouch. Reputed to be a slow grower and a recalcitrant bloomer, this plant bloomed in the spring in a 3" pot on a single growth with a single flowered, pubescent inflorescence that has a papery, elliptic bract. The large size of the bloom is another characteristic of this species, and indeed of this section, and larger growing cultivars can have flowers more than 4" [10 cm] across.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum emersonii f. album O.Gruss & Petchl. 2002; Paphiopedilum emersonii f. luteum Braem 2001; Paphiopedilum emersonii var huonglanae [Tich] Tich 1998; Paphiopedilum huonglanae Tich 1998;

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