Cypripedium himalaicum Rolfe ex Hemsl 1892 SECTION Cypripedium SUBSECTION Macrantha Photo by The Alpine Garden Website

Another Flower in situ Sikkim Photo courtesy of Carson Whilow and his Orchid Mall

Fragrance Part Shade Cold to CoolLATESpringto Summer

Common Name The Himalayan Cypripedium - In China Gao Shan Shao Lan

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found from the Chinese Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and the western Himalayas as a small sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial in thin stony soils in open woodland clearings, under small shrubs on steep hillsides, among grass-clad limestone boulders in crevasses at elevations of 2000 to 5000 meters with a short, erect, sparsely pubescent stem carrying 3 to 4, deciduous, ovate-elliptic to oblong, acute, slightly pubescent on upper surface, glabrous underneath leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a erect, pubescent, single flowered, to 8" [20 cm] long inflorescence with waxy, brittle, very fragrant flowers and no subtending leafy bract.

Synonyms Cypripedium macranthum var. himalaicum (Rolfe ex Hemsl.) Kraenzl. 1897

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen #4 13-16 tafel 5 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok