Paphiopedilum druryi (Bedd.) Pfitzer 1895 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Thiopetalum Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower in situ in near Kerala, IndiaPhoto courtesy of Sinu S from Kerala India

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Common Name Drury's Paphiopedilum [English Officer In India 1800's]

Flower Size 3" [to 7.5 cm]

This erect, medium sized, cool to warm growing, terrestrial species with 5 to 7, oblong-ligulate, coriaceous, suberect or spreading, rounded at the apex, clear green leaves is found in southern India at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters and is likely extinct in the wild where it was found in open exposed grasslands in rock crevasses, but in cultivation it blooms in late spring and summer with a single flower on an erect, terminal, to 12" [30 cm] long, pubescent, purple, terete inflorescence that is subtended by a green sheath and pale green, pubescent floral bract.

This orchid ressponds well to warm to cool temps, bright indirect light, year round even water and fertilizer.

Synonyms Cordula drurii [Bedd.] Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium druryi Bedd. 1874

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1874 as Cypripedium druryii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium druryi drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 2 1970; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 no 6 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 1 1988 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 4 1995 photo fide; The Genus Paphiopedilum Vol 1 & 2 Braem 1999; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 ;

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