Paphiopedilum tranlienianum O.Gruss & H.Perner 1998 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Paphiopedilum Karasawa & Saito 1982 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name Tran's Paphiopedilum [Vietnamese Expoter of Species - current] - In China Tian Hua Dou Lan

Flower Size 2 1/5" to 2 2/5" [5.5 to 6 cm]

A small sized, warm growing lithophyte found only in northern Vietnam in primary, broad leaf, evergreen forests on highly eroded, limestone cliffs and mountains in narrow crevasses at elevations of 40 to 750 meters in an area with partial shade, a cool dry winter and a wet warm summer with 3 to 6 distichous, clear green, linear-ligulate leaves that are obtuse, unequally bilobulate, or minutely tridentate apically and sharply keeled beneath and blooms in the fall in nature on a suberect to arcuate, 4" to 6 3/4" [10 to 18 cm] long, bright green, pubescent, single flowered inflorescence with a conduplicate, ovate, acute or obtuse, green spotted maroon, pubescent floral bract.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum caobanggense Tich 1999; Paphiopedilum tranlienianum f. alboviride O.Gruss 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Oasis Vol 1 No 2 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo; Orchids of Vietnam, Illustrated survey, part 1 Averyanov 2008; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide;