Paphiopedilum sukhakulii Schoser & Senghas 1965

SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Planipetalum Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Common Name Sukhakul's Paphiopedilum [Thai Orchid Collector current] - In Thailand Rongthao nari pik malaeng po, Rongthao nari sukhakan

Flower Size 5 3/4" [14 cm]

A northeastern Thai, small sized, hot to warm growing humus epiphyte at elevations of 240 to 1000 meters in sandy loam and leaf mold along streams with dappled to moderate shade with to 6, narrowly elliptic, pale and dark green mottled leaves that are trifid apically where it blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, terminal, to 10" [25 cm] long, purple brown and white haired inflorescence that has a green ovate floral bract that is 1/3 the length of the ovary and carries a single flower. At lower elevations of it's range it is often found growing with P. callosum.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum sukhakulii f. aureum Van Delden ex O.Gruss 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 1 1969 photo; Die Orchideen #3 9-12 tafel 4 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 10 1979 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 1 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 10 1982 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 12 1987 drawing; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 11 1994 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo as P sukhakulii f album; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo as P sukhakulii f album; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide

Paphiopedilum sukhakulii fo. aureum Van Delden ex O. Gruss 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo

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