Paphiopedilum superbiens (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1895 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Barbata SUBSECTION Loripetalum Kraenzlin 1901

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Warm Cooland

Common Name The Outstanding Paphiopedilum

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in the islands of the straits of Malacca and Sumatra in leaf litter within coniferous forests and on rock ledges at elevations of 900 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, terrestrial species with elliptic to oblong, mottled light and dark green, bifid apically leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, terminal, 12" [30 cm] long, dark purple, pubescent, single flowered inflorescence with an elliptic-lanceolate floral bract.

Synonyms Cordula superbiens Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium barbatum var. superbum E.Morren 1883; Cypripedium barbatum var. veitchii Van Houtte 1861; Cypripedium curtisii var. sanderae Curtis in ?; *Cypripedium superbiens Rchb.f 1855; Cypripedium veitchianum Lindley 1865; Paphiopedilum superbiens f. sanderae (Curtis) M.W.Wood 1975; Paphiopedilum superbiens var. sanderae (Curtis) Braem 1988; Paphiopedilum veitchianum Lem. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Cypripedium superbiens; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Cypripedium superbiens drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium superbiens drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 3 129 to 192; Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 1 1980 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 2 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 5 1981 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 2 1985 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 2 1993 drawings fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 9 1998 photo; The Genus Paphiopedilum vol 1 Braem 1998; The Genus Paphiopedilum vol 2 Braem 1999; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo as P superbiens f sanderae; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide;