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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

 

Paphiopedilum lowii.

 

Taken at the National Orchid Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. If you love orchids, this is a great place to be.

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.

Species from Malaysia

 

Grown by Golden Gate Orchids

Seen at the Aachen Orchid Exhibition 2011

 

Grown by Asendorfer Orchideenzucht

Taken at the WFC meet at the NBGW, Wales.

Taken at Mount Kinabalu National Park, Mountain Garden

Cypripedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium,Selenipedium

Paphiopedilum Lowii--DSBG

(lowii x rothschildianum)

 

Grown by Dale Martin

 

CCE 90 pts

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.

Old primary hybrid of Paph. philippinense x lowii, but using the alba form of each parent.

 

orchidaceae Indonesie Malaisie

Paphiopedilum Berenice is a primary hybrid between P. philippinense and P. lowii. This is one of my favourite multifloral hybrids.

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

The colors are not as intense as I thought they would be and well, I wished for more than 2 flowers, but this plant has just one growth and it is its first flowering. Really, considering it formed 2 lovely flowers with a bit of windowsill light and a bit of artificial light since January, I really am quite pleased. This is just my second slipper that I managed to bloom at home. Phrag urgandiae is next in line, but the first flower won't be opened for a few more weeks.

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.

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