Paphiopedilum wardii Summerhayes 1932 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Barbata

Staminode Closeup

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence

Photo by Patricia Harding

MID TO EARLY

Common Name Ward's Paphiopedilum [English Plant Collector 1900's] - In China Cai Yun Dou Lan

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in southwestern China and northern Myanmar in deep leaf litter on cliff faces at elevations of 1200 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with 3 to 5, oblong-lanceolate, dark blue green motttled paler on top and mottled purple underneath leaves that blooms in the mid-winter to early spring on an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, terminal inflorescence with lanceolate, ciliate, green flushed purple, less than half as long as the ovary floral bracts carrying a single glossy flower.

Considered by some to be a natural hybrid between P venustum and P sukhakulii.

Synonyms Cypripedium vernayi F.K.Ward 1938; Cypripedium wardianum Cooper 1951; Cypripedium wardii [Summerhayes] Curtis 1933; Paphiopedilum brevilabium Liu & Zhang 2001; Paphiopedilum burmanicum J.Yong Zhang & Z.J.Liu 2001; Paphiopedilum microchilum Liu & Chen 2001; Paphiopedilum multifolium Liu & Zhang 2001; Paphiopedilum wardii f. alboviride (O.Gruss & Roeth) Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum wardii f. ying-xiangii F.Y.Liu & Z.F.Zhao 2007; Paphiopedilum wardii var. alboviride O.Gruss & Roeth 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 3 1972 photo fide; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 photo Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 1 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 3 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 2 1987 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 ; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #2 2002 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo as P brevilabium; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo as P burmaniacum; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 as P microchilum; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 as P multifolium; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 6 12/07-1/08; 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; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #4 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #9 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 as P wardii f atrobrunneum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #5 2019 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide

Paphiopedilum wardii f. alboviride (O.Gruss & Roeth) Braem 1998

Photo by Weman Bussey, plant grown by Howard Gunn

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo as P wardii f alboviride; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #9 2013 photo fide;

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