Paphiopedilum gratrixianum (Mast.) Rolfe 1905SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Paphiopedilum Karasawa & Saito 1982 Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Gratix's Paphiopedilum [English Orchid Enthusiast 1900's] - In China Ge Li Dou Lan

Flower Size 3 1/4" [8 cm]

Found in southeastern Laos and northern Vietnam in primary wet, broadleafed, evergreen highland cloud forests at 900 to 1220 meters with no dry period and a lot of constant humidity in leaf litter caught in silicate soil pockets or on rhyolite or on granite cliff walls as a small sized, warm to cool growing, clump forming, litho-terrestrial in deep shade with distichous, solid green, suberect, linear to lanceolate and oblong leaves with an acute or minutely tridentate apice that are purple spotted below towards the leaf base and blooms in the fall and early winter on a erect, to 10" [25 cm] long, single flowered, green with purple pubescence inflorescence with a narrowly oblong-lanceolate to obovate, acute to obtuse floral bract carrying a long-lasting flower.

Synonyms Cordula gratrixiana [Masters] Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium gratrixianum B.S.Williams 1897 *Cypripedium gratrixianum Masters 1905; Paphiopedilum gratrixianum var. daoense Aver. 2002; Paphiopedilum villosum var gratixianum [Masters] Braem 1988; Paphiopedilum gratrixianum var. cangyuanense Z.J.Liu & L.J.Chen 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 6 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 2 1987 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 3 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 11 1994 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; The Genus Paphiopedilum Vol 1 & 2 Braem 1999; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo as P gratixianum var daoense; Orchids of Vietnam, Illustrated survey, part 1 Averyanov 2008; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;

Paphiopedilum gratrixianum var. daoense Aver. 2002 Photo by Holger Perner

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo as P gratixianum var daoense;

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