27 May 2012 - Paphiopedilum bellatulum

Paphiopedilum bellatulum
Paphiopedilum bellatulum
Paphiopedilum bellatulum is a small, warm to hot growing terrestrial species native to the Assam area of India, as well as  Thailand, Burma and Central and Yunnan China at altitudes of 300 to 1,600 meters.

It occurs in the wild in limestone cracks and crevices, so is usually in shady conditions. As you would anticipate the crevices often accumulate leaf mold and moss and wil typically be moist yet free-draining. The leaves are oblong in shape, elliptic, rounded and minutely emarginate apically, mottled dark and pale green leaves that are purple spots on the underside. Paphiopedilum bellatulum flowers in the spring and summer from a short,floral bract that is about half the length as the ovary that arises from the top center of the leaves and just clears or touches the leaves.

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