Paphiopedilum venustum [Wall. ex Sims] Pfitz. 1888 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Sigmatopetalum. Photo courtesy of David Morris and Clackamas Orchids Home Page

Full shadeCold to Warm LATE Winterand Spring

Common Name The Charming Paphiopedilum - In China Xiu Li Dou Lan

Flower Size to 3 1/2" [9 cm]

A medium sized, late winter and spring bloomer on an erect, terminal, 5" [12 cm] long, deep purple, pubescent inflorescence with a elliptic-lanceolate floral bract carrying a solitary flower from Assam India, northeastern Bangladesh, the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Nepal and Yunnan China at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters at the base of cliffs in humus or in dense undergrowth or bamboo thickets often near streams, as well as in the crotch of trees with leaf deitrius that grows as a cold to warm, shade loving terrestrial with narrowly elliptic, mottled bluish and lighter green leaves that are purple beneath which needs humid, well watered conditions year round.

Synonyms Cordula venusta [Wall. ex Sims] Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium venustum Wall. 1820; Cypripedium venustum var. measuresianum auct. 1893; Cypripedium venustum var pardinum {Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1887; Cypripedium venustum var. spectabile Burb. 1874; Paphiopedilum venustum f. measuresianum (auct.) Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum venustum f. pardinum (Rchb.f.) Braem in G.J.Braem, C.O.Baker & M.L.Baker 1999; Paphiopedilum venustum var. bhutanensis Pradhan 1979; Paphiopedilum venustum var. pardinum (Rchb.f.) Pfitzer 1903; Paphiopedilum venustum var. rubrum Pradhan 1979; Paphiopedilum venustum var. teestaensis Pradhan 1979; Stimegas venustum (Wall. ex Sims) Raf. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cypripedium venustum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium venustum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 5 1972 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 1 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 5 1974 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 1 1981 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 2 1991 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide;Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 2 1999 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 photo; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 5 2009 photo; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;

Paphiopedilum venustum forma measuresianum [Hort.] Braeme 1999

Photo by Jay Pfahl

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This is an albino form of the species.

Synonyms Cypripedium venustum var. measuresianum auct. 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 5 1974 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo as P venustum var album; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 6 2005/6 photo;

Synonyms Paphiopedilum venustum album Pradhan 1974; Paphiopedilum venustum var measuresianum Hort. 1990

~Paphiopedilum venustum var measuresianum Hort. 1990 - See Paphiopedilum venustum forma measuresianum [Hort.] Braeme 1999

~Paphiopedilum venustum album Pradhan 1974 - See Paphiopedilum venustum forma measuresianum [Hort.] Braeme 1999

Paphiopedilum venustum var pardinum [Rchb.f] Braeme 1999 Photo courtesy of Allen Black

Synonyms *Cypripedium pardinum Rchb.f 1869; Cypripedium venustum var pardinum {Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1887; Paphiopedilum pardinum [Rchb.f] Pfitzer 1894; Paphiopedilum venustum f. pardinum (Rchb.f.) Braem in G.J.Braem, C.O.Baker & M.L.Baker 1999

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