Paphiopedilum richardianum Asher & Beaman 1988

SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Polyantha [Pfitzer] Brieger 1971 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Form Photo courtesy of Vena Read


Common Name Richard's Paphiopedilum [Richard Topper American Orchid Enthusiast 20th century]

Flower Size 1.7" [4.4 cm]

Found in Sulawesi as a cool growing terrestrial in wet open grasslands in full sun at elevations of 1100 to 1200 meters with up to 5, linear-oblong, conduplicate, carinate, dark green above, lighter green below, coriaceous, distichous leaves that blooms in winter, spring and fall on an erect, terete, purple brown, pubescent, single to several [5] flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Pahiopedilum lowii var richardianum [Asher & Beaman] Gruss 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 2 1991 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 as P lowii var richardiana photo fide; The Genus Paphiopedilum Vol 1 & 2 Braem 1999; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002 as Pahiopedilum lowii var richardianum ;