Paphiopedilum glanduliferum (Blume) Pfitzer 1895 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Mastigopetalum Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

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Common Name The Gland-Bearing Paphiopedilum

Flower Size 4.4 to 6.4" [12 to 16 cm]

This is a medium sized, terrestrial and rarely epiphytic species with 4 to 6, narrowly linear-oblong, somewhat fleshy, rounded and tridenticulte at the apex, clear green, glabrous leaves found in New Guinea from sea level to 1700 meters and is a hot to cool growing, late spring and summer, multifloral bloomer on a finely pubescent, to 12 to 20" [30 to 50 cm] long, purple to greenish brown inflorescence with an oval, acute, pale yellow green with purple striped floral bract that is 1/2 to 2/3 of the ovary and carries up to 5 flowers. The species in the photo herein is most probably Paphiopedilum praestans as glanduliferum has a unicolor flower and has not been seen since it was described in 1848. according to Braeme and Baker.

Synonyms Cordula glandulifera (Blume) Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium gardineri Guillemard 1886; *Cypripedium glanduliferum Blume 1848; Cypripedium glanduliferum Veitch 1849; Cypripedium praestans var kimballianum Linden f. & Rodigas 1890; Paphiopedilum gardineri (Guillemard) Pfitzer 1894; Paphiopedilum glanduliferum var. gardineri (Guillemard) Braem 1988; Paphiopedilum glandiferum var gardinieri sensu Braem 1988; Paphiopedilum glanduliferum var. kimballianum (Linden & Rodigas) Fowlie 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 as P gardineri photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 photo as P gardinerii; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 4 1981 drawings fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 as P gardneri photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 1 1994 habitat and plant photos; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 as P gardneriiphoto fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 4 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 4 1998 photo; The Genus Paphiopedilum Vol 1 & 2 Braem 1999; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 1 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 ; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008

Paphiopedilum glanduliferum (Blume) Pfitzer var. wilhelminiae [L.O. Williams] SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Mastigopetalum Photo courtesy of Yassir Islam and Argus Orchids

Text by Yassir Islam


This diminutive member of the praestans/glanduliferum complex. found in New Guinea, which some consider a separate species but many including Braeme and Baker consider this a variety of Paphiopedilum praestans, is quite distinctive. The most striking feature is the white dorsal with contrasting stripes. The petals are rich glossy oxblood, while the pouch is yellow, heavily overlaid with mahogany red. An added bonus is the deep pink staminode. This species is the most compact of the multiflorals and generally produces two to three blooms. It has been used extensively in breeding in recent years, and is the parent of hybrids such as Susan Booth and Oklahoma