Cypripedium tibeticum King ex Hemsl. 1892 SECTION Cypripedium SUBSECTION Macranthum Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Jan Hrolv Larsen and KJ Orchids Webpage. .

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Part SunColdSpringEARLYSummer

Common Name The Tibetan Cypripedium - In China Zi Zang Shao Lan

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Sichuan China, Bhutan, Assam India and the eastern Himalayas at elevations of 2200 to 4500 meters in open montane meadows, at the edge of coniferous and mixed woodlands, on open limestone leadges and screes as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, glabrous, leafy stem enveloped completely by 3 tubular, acuminate sheaths and carrying to 3 orbicular to elliptic-ovate, obtuse to acute, ciliate leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a short, drooping, single flowered inflorescence arising before the leaves mature and has an elongate, elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate floral bract that is longer than the pedicel and has a drooping flower.

Synonyms Cypripedium compactum Schltr. 1922; Cypripedium corrugatum Franch. 1894; Cypripedium langrhoa Costantin 1919; Cypripedium macranthos var. tibeticum (King ex Rolfe) Kraenzl. 1897; Cypripedium tibeticum var. froschii (Perner) Eccarius 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen #4 13-16 tafel 5 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 1 1991 photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 6 2001 photo; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 2 2007; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 photos fide; Native Orchids of Shaanxi Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 6 12/07-1/08; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; 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;

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