Paphiopedilum helenae Aver. 1996 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Paphiopedilum Karasawa & Saito 1982 Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Olaf Gruss, courtesy of Rod Rice and Oasis the Journal

Color Variety Photo courtesy of Jean Claude George

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Common Name Ellen's Paphiopedilum [Ellen Wilson, American Orchid Enthusiast] - In China Qiao Hua Dou Lan

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5 to 6 cm]

A small [smallest of the genus] sized, hot to warm growing lithophytic species found recently in north Vietnam and southern China in primary, mixed and coniferous, semi-deciduous, open broadleafed dry forest on steep highly eroded limestone cliff faces facing north at elevations of 100 to 900 meters with 3 to 5 distichous, coriaceous-fleshy to rigid, succulent, oblanceolate to oblong-elliptic, obtuse and tridenticulate apically, green with a few purple spots beneath near the base leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on an suberect to slightly hanging, 1 3/5" to 2 3/4" [4 to 7 cm] long, shortly and densely black-purple, pubescent inflorescence with a single flower arising from a conduplicate, ovate to elliptic bract.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum delicatum Liu & Zhang 2001; Paphiopedilum helenae f. aureum O.Gruss & Roeth 1999; Paphiopedilum helenae var. peschutteri Roete 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 10 1996 photo; The Genus Paphiopedilum Vol 1 & 2 Braem 1999; Oasis Vol 1 No 2 2000 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo as P delicatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 4 2007 photo; Orchids of Vietnam, Illustrated survey, part 1 Averyanov 2008; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;