Paphiopedilum malipoense

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Paphiopedilum malipoense

Common Name: The Malipo Paphiopedilum
Scented: yes, apple/raspberry
Light Requirements: partial shade
Temperature Requirements: cool to intermediate
Blooms: spring
Flower Size: 7.5cm to 10cm
Synonyms: Paphiopedilum angustatum Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen 2000; Paphiopedilum malipoense f. concolor Braem 1998; Paphiopedilum malipoense f. tonnianum Roeth 2000; Paphiopedilum malipoense f. virescens O.Gruss & Roeth 2001; Paphiopedilum malipoense var. angustatum' (Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen) Z.J.Liu & S.C.Chen 2002

This lithophyte from southern China, north and south Vietnam, is found in leaf litter on limestone rocks in mixed semi-deciduous to open deciduous, broadleafed mountainous cloud forests, or on steep limestone cliffs or at the summits of limestone mountains with mosses and ferns at elevations of 450m to 1450m in partial shade and has 4 to 6, distichous, coriaceous, oblong or narrowly elliptic, acute to obtuse at the asymmetric apex, dark and light green mottled dark green leaves that are heavily purple spotted and keeled beneath, a spring blooming, single [rarely 2] flowered, green spotted with purple, white hirsute, 30cm to 50cm long, inflorescence arising from a narrowly ovate-lanceolate floral bract with a large flower having a nice [apple/raspberry] scent and likes water more than other Paphiopedilums and is a cool to warm grower that was discovered in 1984.

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