Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum J.J.Smith 1900 SUBGENUS Cochlopetalum [Haller] Karasawa & Saito 1982 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.


Common Name The Shiny Blue Green Leaf Paphiopedilum

Flower Size 3" or more [8 cm]

This is a small sized, hot to warm growing, multiflowered, although most often only one is open at a time, terrestrial species with clear blue-green, dull leaves from central Sumatra and Java that is found at an elevation of 200-800 meters in deposits of humus on volcanic mountain slopes with 4 to 6, glaucous, narrowly oblong-elliptic leaves with ciliate basal margins and blooms from the spring through summer on a pubescent, dark green mottled dark purple, to 1 1/2' [40 cm] long, inflorescence carrying elliptic to ovate floral bracts and carrying many [to 20] successively opening flowers with never more than 2 open at a time and occurs over months.

Hot to warm growing, this species needs to be potted in rock and tree fern in light shade and water all year except for a short dry winter rest.

Synonyms Cordula glaucophylla Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium glaucophyllum Mast. 1903; Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum f. flavoviride Braem 2001; Paphiopedilum moquetteanum f. flavoviride (Braem) Braem & Chiron 2003; Paphiopedilum victoria-regina subsp. glaucophyllum (J.J.Sm.) M.W.Wood 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Sm. 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium glaucophyllum drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; 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 AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 6 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 1 1985 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 6 1985 photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; 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; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 3 2009 photo fide;