Paphiopedilum philippinense [Rchb.f]Stein 1892 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Mastigopetalum

Flower Closeup Photo by Jay Pfahl.


Common Name The Philippine Paphiopedilum

Flower Size to almost 9" [to 22.5 cm]

A Philippine and northern Borneo, large sized, hot growing terrestrial or epiphyte with long elliptic, clear glossy green leaves that is found near the seashore to 500 meters in elevation on limestone outcroppings in association with the roots of Vanda batemanii with up to 9, coriaceous, ligulate, asymetrically rounded apically, v-shaped, very thick leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on an sub-erect, pubescent, to 2' [60 cm] long, successively 3 to 5 flowered, brown purple inflorescence.

Synonyms Cordula philippinensis [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium cannartianum hort. ?; Cypripedium laevigatum Bateman 1865; *Cypripedium philippinense Rchb.f 1862; Paphiopedilum laevigatum [Bateman]Pfitz 1888; Paphiopedilum philippinense f. alboflavum O.Gruss 2000; Paphiopedilum philippinense f. album Valmayor & D.Tiu 1984 ; Paphiopedilum philippinense var. compactum O.Gruss, Roellke & Roeth 2008; Paphiopedilum roebelenii f. alboflavum (O.Gruss) Braem & Chiron 2003; Selenipedium laevigatum May 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P philippinense var platytaenium; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P roebblenii; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium philippinense drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 2 1970; Die Orchideen #3 9-12 tafel 4 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol37 No 4 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 as P laevitegatum photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 1 1982 photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 12 1993 photo; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 photo fide; Orchids of Borneo Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo as P philippinense f alboflavum; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 4 2001 photo; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008 photo; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 3 2009 photo fide

Paphiopedilum philippinense [Rchb.f]Stein 1892 var laevigatum Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984;