Paphiopedilium malipoense (1984:Chen & Tsi)
Habitat Information:

Geographic Distribution: China (Sout-east Yunnan, Western Guangxi, South-west Guizhou), Northern Vietnam, and possibly parts of Laos (Averyenov. et al.:2003).

Elevation: 450-1450 m

Blooming Season (North): In the wild, buds appear in the fall but then fall dormant during the cold winter, and finally bloom in the spring. In greenhouse culture, they typically bloom in the winter instead.

Light requirements: Low to Medium bright. My Paph malipoense bloom nicely with around 1000 cf.

Temperatures : In Northern Vietnam and Southern China, the summers are warm to hot and wet from the monsoons, while the winters are relatively cold. Summer temps average between 73-81 F, but may reach as high as 100-104 F. I suggest growing them in the average range, 75-80 F.

Winters temperatures range from highs of 50 to about 60, but may drop to freezing or just below at night (Averyenov. et al.:2003).

Substrate: Lithophyte or terrestrial on mountainsides, with a basic pH resulting from abundant (often eroded) karst limetone (Averyenov. et al.:2003).

Water: Paph malipoense receives little water during the winter, and receives considerably more during the summer monsoon season. Water would certainly pick up minerals from the abundant and important limestone on which the malipoense grow.

Humidity: As mentioned before, low in the winter, high in the summer.

Aside from the typical form of Paph malipoense (sometimes referred to as Paph. malipoense var. malipoense), there are two closely related forms that are sometimes classified as varieties, although others call them distinct species. These are Paph. malipoense var. jackii (or Paph. jackii), and Paph malipoense var. hiepii (or Paph. hiepii).