Paphiopedilum kolopakingii Fowlie 1984 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Mastigopetalum

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

Full shade WarmCool SpringSummer

Common Name Kolopaking's Paphiopedilum [Javanese Orchid Collector late 1900's]

Flower Size 2 2/5" to 4" [6 to 10 cm]

A large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid found in central Kalimantan of Borneo on steep slopes in hill and lower montane forests clustered among rocks over steep river gorges at elevations of 600 to 1100 meters with 8 to 10, strap-shaped, obtuse, clear green leaves that blooms in the spring on a stout, arching, 6 to 14 flowered, 16 to 28" [40 to 70 cm] long, densely pubescent, purple, terete inflorescence with elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, purple striped floral bracts.

This species holds the distinction of having the most flowers open at once in the genus.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum kolopakingii f. katherinae Koop. 2007; Paphiopedilum topperi G.J.Braem & H.Mohr 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 9 1997 photo; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000 as P topperi; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo;