Paphiopedilum lowii (Lindl.) Pfitzer 1895

SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Polyantha [Pfitzer] Brieger 1971 Photo by Jay Pfahl 2006

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Peter Maxwell

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page

Plant in situ on cliffwall Mulu NP Borneo

Colony on cliff wall Borneo Photo courtesy of Peter Maxwell

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Common Name Low's Paphiopedilum [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 3 to 5 3/4" [7.5 to 14 cm]

This medium sized, hot to cool growing, multiflowered lithophyte occurs in Malaya, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Borneo within lowland forests on humus-filled hollows of limestone rocks and boulders in leaf detrius, terrestrial in grasslands with scrub or rarely lithophytic species at altitudes of 200 to 1700 meters has 4 to 6, linear to narrowly elliptic, fleshy, clear dark green leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, erect to arching, 25 to 40" [62 to 100 cm] long, nodding, green mottled purple, pubescent inflorescence with elliptic, yellow marked with purple, pubescent floral bracts that are 1/3 the length of the ovaries carrying 2 to 7 successive opening flowers.

Synonyms Cordula lowiana [Lindley] Rolfe 1912 ; Cypripedium cruciforme Zoll. & Morel 1854; *Cypripedium lowii Lindl. 1847; Paphiopedilum lowii f. aureum (P.J.Cribb) P.J.Cribb 1997; Paphiopedilum lowii var. aureum P.J.Cribb 1990; Paphiopedilum lowii var. lynniae (Garay) O.Gruss & Roeth 1997; Paphiopedilum lynniae Garay 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Cypripedium lowii; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Cypripedium lowii; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Sm. 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P lowii var cruciforme; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium lowii drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 2 1970 photo; Die Orchideen #3 9-12 tafel 4 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 no 6 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 3 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 10 1982 Photo; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 5 1984 photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 2 1991 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Mayasia and Singapore Seidenfaden & wood 1992 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 10 1997 photo as P lynniae; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing/photo fide; The Genus Paphiopedilum vol 1 Braem 1998; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 1 2000 photo; Oasis Vol 1 No 3 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000 as P lynniae; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 3 2009 photo/drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo ok; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide