Paphiopedilum argus (Rchb. f.) Stein 1892 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Barbata SUBSECTION Barbata

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Arthur Keown

to Winterand EARLY

Common Name Argus Paphiopedilum [a reference to the greek myth of Argus, a hundred eyed monster, similar to the spotting on the petals]

Flower Size to about 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in the Philippines at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters on limestone as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with elliptic or elliptic-oblong, light green with lightly spotted darker green leaves with a bifid and minutely serrate apex that blooms in the winter, spring and early summer on an erect, 15" [37.5 cm] long, single-flowered, pubescent inflorescence with an elliptic floral bract.

Synonyms Cordula Argus Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium argus Rchb. f. 1873; Cypripedium argus subvar nigricans Veitch; Cypripedium barbatum var argus Vos. ?; Cypripedium moensianum auct. 1887; Cypripedium moensii auct. 1893; Cypripedium pitcherianum Manda 1887; Paphiopedilum argus var. moesii [Linden] Stein 1892; Paphiopedilum argus var nigricans Hort ex Stein 1892; Paphiopedilum argus var. sriwanae (Koop.) O.Gruss 1994; Paphiopedilum sriwanae Koop. 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P argus var boddaertii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P argus var moensii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P argus var lindenii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P argus var nigricans; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as CYpripedium argus drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 3 129 to 192; Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1971; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 4 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 2 1981 photo fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 1 1982 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 1 1983 photo fide; Orchidiana Philippiniana Valmayor Vol 1 1984; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 ; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #4 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #1 2017 photo fide;