Paphiopedilum victoria-mariae (Rolfe) Rolfe 1896 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Cochlopetalum Haller ex Pfitz

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Tony Walsh

Common Name The Virgin Mary Paphiopedilum

Flower Size 3 1/2" [8 to 9cm]

Found on the island of Sumatra in ravines on sheer, almost vertical faces at elevations around 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with oblong-ligulate, green mottled darker, flushed purple and ciliate near the base leaves, that blooms in the spring on a 40" [100 cm] long, successively opening, with 2 to 3 open at a time, many flowered inflorescence with elliptic-oblong, ciliate floral bracts.

Synonyms Cordula victoria-mariae Rolfe 1912; Cypripedium victoria-mariae Rolfe 1896; Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum f. victoria-mariae (Sander ex Mast.) Rolfe 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #3 9-12 tafel 4 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 6 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 4 1984; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 1 1985 herbarium sheet/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 6 1985 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 5 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; The Genus Paphiopedilum vol 2 Braem 1998

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