Paphiopedilum wardii Summerhayes 1932 SUBGENUS Sigmatopetalum SECTION Planipetalum Karasawa & Saito 1982

Staminode Closeup Photos by Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name Ward's Paphiopedilum [English Plant Collector 1900's] - In China Cai Yun Dou Lan

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

This small sized, cool growing terrestrial, mottled leaf species is found in southwestern China and northern Myanmar in deep leaf litter on cliff faces at elevations of 1200 to 1600 meters with 3 to 5, oblong-lanceolate, dark blue green motttled paler on top and mottled purple underneath leaves that blooms in the mid-winter to early spring on an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, terminal inflorescence with lanceolate, ciliate, green flushed purple floral bracts carrying a single glossy flower.

Considered by some to be a natural hybrid between P venustum and P sukhakulii.

Synonyms Cypripedium vernayi F.K.Ward 1938; Cypripedium wardianum Cooper 1951; Cypripedium wardii [Summerhayes] Curtis 1933; Paphiopedilum brevilabium Liu & Zhang 2001; Paphiopedilum burmanicum J.Yong Zhang & Z.J.Liu 2001; Paphiopedilum microchilum Liu & Chen 2001; Paphiopedilum multifolium Liu & Zhang 2001; Paphiopedilum wardii f. alboviride (O.Gruss & Roeth) Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum wardii f. ying-xiangii F.Y.Liu & Z.F.Zhao 2007; Paphiopedilum wardii var. alboviride O.Gruss & Roeth 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 3 1972 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 1 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 3 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 2 1987 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo as P brevilabium; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo as P burmaniacum; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo as P microchilum; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 photo as P multifolium; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 3 Tanaka 2007; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 6 12/07-1/08; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; 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;

Paphiopedilum wardii var album Summerhayes 1932 Photo courtesy of Weman Bussey, plant grown by Howard Gunn Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo as P wardii f alboviride