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Subfamily: Cypripedioideae Tribe: Cypripedieae Subtribe: Paphiopedilinae Genus: Paphiopedilum Species: Paphiopedilum lowii (Lindl.) Stein (1892). Common name: Low's Paphiopedilum .

 

{Photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park, 36 km from Kota Kinabalu. This photo shows the front, side and back profiles.}

 

This is a medium sized and multiflowered orchid. They are found in hot to warm growing conditions in lowland forests of P. Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Borneo, at altitudes of 200 to 1700 meters. They may be terrestrial, on humus filled hollows of limestones and boulders or on large trees. The inflorescence is 25 to 40 inches (62 to 100 cm) long, holding 2 to 7 flowers.

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{Further information on Paphiopedilum can be found on Wikipedia.}

The paphiopedilums are also commonly called "Slipper orchids" due to the unusual shape of the pouch-like labellum. The pouch traps insects seeking nectar, and to leave again they have to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia. (In cultivation, humans assist by using swaps.)

 

There are about 80 species, some of which are natural hybrids. These slipper orchids are native to South China, India, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, and form their own subtribe, the Paphiopedilinae. These sympodial orchids lack pseudobulbs. Instead, they grow robust shoots, each with several leaves.

 

Members of this genus are highly collectible due to the curious and unusual form of their flowers. They are among the most widely cultivated and hybridized of orchid genera, and are relatively easy to grow indoors, as long as conditions that mimic their natural habitats are created. Most species thrive in moderate to high humidity (50-70%), moderate temperatures ranging from 13 to 35 degrees Celsius and low light of 12,000 to 20,000 lux. Modern hybrids are typically easier to grow.

Paphiopedilum Lowii

"Orchids on Broadway" #1

 

This is the second flower on this spike to open. I wanted to capture it on a different background and in different light. The "pink spoons" are on this flower are at a better angle to be photographed than the first flower.

Low's Paphiopedilum

Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and Sulawesi.

Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, USA (Cultivated)

IUCN: Endangered

 

The only Paphiopedilum species which is mostly found as an epiphyte in nature.

 

Full View www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/13904910210/in/pool-natur

 

**NOTE**

While I enjoy orchids, as an environmentally conscious orchid grower in Hawaiʻi, I am proactive when it comes to removing and properly destroying any and all seed pods from the plants so as not to encourage their spreading into our fragile native Hawaiian forests.

 

Taken at Mount Kinabalu National Park, Mountain Garden

Paphiopedilum Lowii--DSBG

Low's Paphiopedilum

Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and Sulawesi.

Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, USA (Cultivated)

IUCN: Endangered

 

The only Paphiopedilum species which is mostly found as an epiphyte in nature.

 

**NOTE**

While I enjoy orchids, as an environmentally conscious orchid grower in Hawaiʻi, I am proactive when it comes to removing and properly destroying any and all seed pods from the plants so as not to encourage their spreading into our fragile native Hawaiian forests.

From Borneo, Java, Peninsular Malaysia, Sulawesi, and Sumatra

seen at the orchid show Neu-Ulm 2014

Seen at the Orchid Exhibition Bad Salzuflen 2012. Grown by Orchideen Kopf.

This is another wild Borneo orchid that grows in Kundasang.

I'm not very keen on orchids, but ot of people told me they are very famous in papua new guinea, hope someone will enjoy it!

 

Paphiopedilum lowii orchid

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

Flower - 5.5 inches

Plant - 26 inches blooming with pot

From the Plant Table of the meeting of the Orchid Society of Minnesota, April 18, 2009.

Taken at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Wales, UK.

No graphics please.

this very cool looking orchid (paphiopedilum lowii) was just begging to be photographed, so i did!

This specimen of Paphiopedilum lowii has been given an award from the German Orchid Society (Bronce Medal) for outstanding flower color, size and presentation.

Paphiopedilum Lowii

This is the reverse cross of the typical version under which the cross was registered. Now fully open, with five blooms.

Southeast Asian Lady Slipper (Paphiopedilum Lowii) - Foreground

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