Jade Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum malipoense)


Paphiopedilum malipoense S.C. Chen & Tsi 1984, commonly called Jade Slipper Orchid, is a lithophytic growing lady slipper orchid species, endemic to South China and Vietnam. The jade slipper orchid is found at elevations of 500 to 1600 meters on limestone cliffs with moss and ferns in areas with heavy fog in winter and rain in spring and early summer. The fragrant flower with a pleasant rasberry scent is blooming in spring on a 30-50 cm long inflorescence. The flowers get a size of about 8-10 cm. Paphiopedilum malipoense lady slipper orchids require a cool to intermediate climate
and prefer humid areas with moss near the roots. The name of this lady slipper orchid beauty is derivated from Malipo a County in the Chinese Yunnan province.

Jade Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum malipoense)
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Image: Paphiopedilum malipoense S.C. Chen & Tsi 1984

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