Paphiopedilum spicerianum [Rchb.f]Pfitz. 1888 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Thiopetalum Photo by Jay Pfahl

Full shade Hot Cool Fallto Winter

Common Name Spicer's Paphiopedilum [English Officer in India 1800's] - In China Bai Qi Dou Lan

Flower Size to 3" [6 to 8 cm]

This small sized, terrrestrial or sometimes lithophytic species has 5 oblong, clear, dull green leaves that are speckled purple on the outer surface towards the base and is from the Assam region of India, the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan and Myanmar as well as Yunnan China on steep rocky slopes or in rock crevasses at elevations of 300 to 2000 meters and is a hot to cool growing orchid that blooms from autumn through winter on an erect, 1 to successively and rarely 2, slender, purple, 9 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long inflorescence with ovate, acute bracts and needs shade with no winter rest.

Synonyms Cordula spiceriana [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1912; *Cypripedium spicerianum Rchb.f 1879; Paphiopedilum spicerianum f. immaculatum Braem 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cypripedium spicerianum drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 2 1970 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 3 129 to 192; Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest No 36 No 1 1972 photo fide; Indian Orchids: Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 6 1980 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006 photo; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;