Paphiopedilum fairrieanum [Lindley] Stein 1892 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Ceratopetalum Haller 1897 Photo courtesy of Allen Black.

Full shade Cool to Cold LATE Fallto Spring

Common Name Fairrie's Paphiopedilum [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's] - The 1000 Pound Orchid

Flower Size about 4" [9 to 10 cm]

This dwarf, clump forming herbaceous epiphyte that grows in leaf litter and humus as well as on limestone outcrops in tall grass and oak forests along rivers with clear dull green leaves is found in the Indian Himalayas and Bhutan at elevations of 1300 to 2200 meters, on the edges of high river banks and forests and is a cool to cold growing plant with narrowly elliptic to ligulate, dull green, mid-rib prominent on underside leaves that blooms in the late autumn through spring with 1 flower on a pubescent, 10" [25 cm] long, slender, purple pubescent inflorescence.

Synonyms Cordula fairrieana [Lindley] Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium assamicum Linden ex Koch & Fintelm. 1858; *Cypripedium fairrieanum Lindley 1857; Paphiopedilum fairrieanum f. bohlmannianum (Mato) Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum fairrieanum var. bohlmannianum Mato 1942; Paphiopedilum fairrieanum var. giganteum Pradhan 1979; Paphiopedilum fairrieanum var. nigrescens Pradhan 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865 as Cypripedium fairianum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium faireianum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 2 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 10 1964 drawing as Cypripedium faireanum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 1 1969 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 2 1970 photo; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 no 4 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 4 1979 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 6 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 10 1982 photo; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 2 1991 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 6 2005 photo; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 4 2007 photo; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 2 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 10 2008 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum [Lindley] Stein 1892 var alba SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Ceratopetalum Haller 1897 Photo by Jay Pfahl

An albino version of the previous species. AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 11 1961; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 4 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 no 4 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 6 1980 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo as P fairrieanum f bohlmannianum;

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