Cypripedium wardii Rolfe 1913 SECTION Subtropica Photo courtesy of Jan Hrolv Larsen and KJ Orchids Webpage.

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Common Name Ward's Cypripedium [English Plant Collector in China and SE Asia late 1800's] - In China Kuan Kou Shao Lan

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southeastern Tibet and northwestern Yunnan Province of China on limestone cliffs in shade of dense temperate rain forest at elevations of 2500 to 3500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with three to 4, dark green, elliptic, acute leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, pubescent, 5 to 6" [12.5 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence occuring in the late spring and early summer.

Synonyms Cypripedium guttatum var. wardii (Rolfe) P.Taylor 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 10 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 6 12/07-1/08; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photo fide;

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