Paphiopedilum violascens Schltr. 1911

SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Blepharopetalum Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Shimmering Purple Paphiopedilum

Flower Size 2 2/5 to 2 3/4" [6 to 7 cm]

Found in New Guinea as a medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial at elevations of 200 to 1200 meters with up to 6, erect or spreading, oblong-lanceolate, dark green, tessellated with grey green, unequally and minutely tricuspidate apically leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, terminal, dark brown to black, to 12" [30 cm] long, pubescent, single flowered inflorescence with a greenish-brown, pubescent floral bract.

Synonyms Cordula violascens [Schlechter] Rolfe 1912; Paphiopedilum violascens var gautierense J.J.Sm. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchid Digest VOl 42 No 3 1978 photo fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 3 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 1 1981 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 ; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #4 2012 photo fide