Cypripedium irapeanum La Llave & Lex. 1825 SECTION Irapeana Photo by © Rolando Jimenez Machorro and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

Plant and flowers in situ Mexico Photo courtesy of Carl Withner

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Common Name Irapeao Cypripedium [A Town In Mexico]

Flower Size 4 3/4" [12 cm]

This spectacular, large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial hails from central Mexico south to Guatemala and Honduras on rocky brushy slopes in mixed pine and oak forests at elevations of 1000 to 3200 meters with a pubescent stem carrying ovate-lanceolate, undulate, rounded to the subsessile clasping base, bright green leaves with the upper ones merging into ovate, leaf bearing bracts that blooms in the summer and early fall with 1 to 8 successive flowers on an erect, slender, terminal, 4" [10cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Cypripedium lexarzae Scheidw. 1839; Cypripedium luzmarianum R.González & R.Ramírez 1992; Cypripedium splendidum Scheidw. 1839; Cypripedium turgidum Sessé & Moç. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Die Orchideen #4 13-16 tafel 5 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide;

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