Species Description Leaf Span Price
Paph. sugiyamanum Paphiopedilum sugiyamanum is a newly discovered species, described in 2001. These plants were legally imported about a year ago and are growing nicely. Only a couple are left!

Legally obtained!



paph lowii Paph. lowii A very striking, multi-floral species, similar to Paph. haynaldianum. Petals are yellow with dark spots and purple tips, and the pouch is a warm chestnut.    
Paph lawrenceanum Paph lawrenceanum After its discovery in the late 19th Century, Paphiopedilum lawrenceanum became an exceptionally important breeding species because of its large, flat dorsal sepal. Very attractive leaves, as seen HERE.

These plants imported from a renown nursery in Malaysia.



Paph. virens A rare species in the US! Some consider this a variety of Paph. javanicum. The blooms are primarily green, with purple petal tips.



Paph dayanum Paphiopedilum dayanum not only has very elegant blooms, it has some of the most beautiful leaves in the genus (two varieties, in fact.)

For those of you who are impatient, this species frequently blooms twice a year, in the summer and again in the winter.



Paph. ciliolare Paph. ciliolare This is an imported species that is similar to superbiens and curtisii. It's sometimes called the "eyelash" orchid, because of the thick hairs along the petal edges.      
Paph. fowliei Paph. fowliei

A beautifully colored, compact grower, named after the renown orchid researcher Dr. Jack Fowlie. This species is easy to grow and will produce new growths quickly. Mine have bloomed twice a year, when well grown. Imported plants.




Paph. barbatum An excellent, dark purple species. This species tends to bloom with darker color when it is grown in shadier conditions.  


Paph callosum Paph. callosum var. sublaeve Compact plants with large, showy blooms. Callosum is known for its tall dorsal sepal. These plants originated in Thailand, but I don't see any signs of shipping damage. BS


Paph. tonsum A great mottled leaf species with blooms in subdued, caramel colors. Plants are a bit leggy, but large and healthy!  


Paph. schoseri Here is an offering for the true species collector.

These are flask grown seedlings of the difficult to find species. Vigorous growers, these seedlings should bloom in about two years.

paph sanderianum Paph. sanderianum

We all know Paph sanderianum as the orchid with the amazingly long petals. This species from Borneo has pendant, spiraling petals that frequently reach 3 feet or more in length. Full grown plants cost a small fortune, but good seedlings are reasonable, and the crosses available now grow much faster than those from just 5 or 10 years ago.


Paph venustum Paph. venustum

This is the colored form of the species. Because of the bold veins on the pouch, many find it reminiscent of brains (or other body parts).

However you feel about the blooms, this is a species which has truly beautiful leaves that are worth growing for their own sake. The patterning is unline any other species, as you can see in the botanical print to the left.

To see a photograph of an actual bloom Paph. venustum bloom, just click on the species name. Grown from flask.



Paph praestans Paph. praestans This is a compact growing multi-floral, which looks similar to philippinense, but with beautiful yellow coloration in the dorsal sepal.


Paph philippinense Paph. philippinense This is a very vigorous cross that I've been growing from Taiwanese flasks. They are expected to have great color and form, and I've been very impressed with the rate of growth!  


Paph topperi Paph topperi is the green relative of Paph kolopakingii. These are among the largest of the Paphs, with leaf spans reaching three feet when fully mature, and three foot spikes carrying more than a dozen flowers - when in bloom, these plants are spectacular!

The dorsal sepal is has light and dark (green to black) vertical stripes, much like a rothschildianum, but the green petals are not held as erect, and may twist.



Paph. delenatii
This is one of the new sib crosses of the southern Vietnamese form, so the blooms should be large and the pouch a uniform pink, sometimes quite dark. This batch comes from awarded parents, so my blooms have had excellent form and color. Occasionally fragrant. Blooming Size  
Paph. delenatii Paphiopedilum delenatii was originally discovered and collected in the 1910s and 1920s, and cultivated by the French. Until their rediscovery in the 1990s, virtually all of the delenatii in cultivation were bred from these few, early collected plants.

These seedlings are from the older line of breeding. They tend to have a more delicate pink color in the pouch, and are also typically much more fragrant than the newer crosses. This is a very fast growing, vigorous cross!

Photo used with the generous permission of Chuck Acker.



Paph. liemianum This is probably my favorite species in the Cochlopetalum division, probably because of the halo around the dorsal sepal. It will bloom sequentially for months, or even years, on a single flower spike. This is a great species to own if you like to always have something in bloom! Similar to moquettianum with slightly smaller blooms.  


Paph barbigerum

A very compact growing species, typically considered a "teacup" orchid. Will bloom on a 4 inch growth in a 2 inch pot, depending on the cross.

This particular cross has already passed the 4" mark but probably has a year or more before reaching full maturity.



Paph exul Paph. exul Paphiopedilum exul is a beautiful strap leaved species. These plants are multi-growth, blooming size, with a leaf spans ranging from about 12" up to 15". This species is not frequently seen in American collections.

These new plants are in great shape; very tidy growths.



The genus Paphiopedilum encompasses most of the slipper orchids of Asia. Considering the size of the continent, it is no surprise that these orchids inhabit a vast range of habitats. Along with their variety of habitat comes a variety of forms, from the single flowered and often mottled-leafed terrestrials such as Paph delenatii, micranthum, and tigrinum, to the larger, strap-leaved lithophytes and epiphytes such as Paph rothschildianum, stonei, lowii and sanderianum.

The species of Paphiopedilum are among the most bizarre, rare, and beautiful of the orchid world.


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