Paphiopedilum praestans [Rchb.f] Pfitz 1894 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Mastigopetalum Photo by Roy Lee

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jean Claude George.

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Common Name The Outstanding Paphiopedilum

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in New Guinea as a small to just medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with clustered growths of 4 to 6, linear-oblong, obtuse and tridenticulate apically, dark green, glabrous leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on a shortly pubescent, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, 1, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, glabrous, ciliate floral bracts..

Synonyms Cordula praestans [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium praestans Rchb.f 1886; Paphiopedilum bodegomensis hort; Paphiopedilum bodegomii Hort.; Paphiopedilum glandiferum Auct non Blume; Paphiopedilum glandiferum var praestans sensu Braem 1988; Paphiopedilum praestans var kimballianum [Linden f. & Rodigas] Pfitzer 1903; Paphiopedilum striatum Clem & Jones 1996;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P praestans var kimbalianum; Die Orchideen Vol 2, No 8 1951; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium praestans drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 4 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 3 1978 as P bodegomii photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 3 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 as P willhelminiae drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 as P bodegomii photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 as P bodegomii photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 as P willhelminae drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 4 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 4 1981 photo fide as P bodegomii; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 as P wilhelminiae photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 as P bodegomii photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 57 Vol 3 1993 photo not = P glanduliferum; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 as P wilhelminiae photo fide; The Genus Paphiopediulum Vol 1 & 2 Braem 1999; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008

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