Written by Maggie
Jan 04 2021
Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum was born in the forest or forest margin rock cracks or rocky moist soil 700-1500 meters above sea level.
Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum is a terrestrial or semi-epiphytic plant. Leaves are basal, short stripes, clustered at base, glabrous, dark green, lustrous, 2-row, 5-6, leathery, apex acute and often 2-toothed, dark green above, light green abaxially with purple spots. The scape is erect, usually green and dark purple pilose, often with 1 Flower at the apex of a long sheath, bracts broadly ovate, flowers larger, petals yellowish green with dense purple-brown spots in the lower part, rose purple with white halos in the upper part, lips greenish yellow with purplish brown spots. The shape of the pocket is wide oval, and the whole flower shape is peculiar, which has high ornamental value.
Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum is found in undergrowth or marginal rock cracks or in stony moist soil 700-1500 m above sea level. There is no storage tissue in Toulan, so it is necessary to ensure the dormant period of the varieties. Most paphiopedilum hirsutissimum require a dry, well-lit environment in winter.
The plants with large flowers and many flowers prefer to be warm when cultivated. It is more suitable for indoor cultivation. The shape of the paphiopedilum hirsutissimum used for flower arrangement should be large and round, so the quantity of flowers should not be blindly pursued while ignoring their quality.
Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum is distributed from west to north of Guangxi (Longzhou, Tiane), southwest of Guizhou (Xingyi, etc.) and southeast of Yunnan (Funing, Wenshan, Malipo). They are also found in northeastern India, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Type specimens were collected from northeast India.
With leaf pocket orchids, the flower is big and beautiful, cage-shaped and clumpy, the flower is in full bloom in April ~ May. Each scape has one flower with a peculiar shape and three calyx petals. The upper one is triangular as the top petal and the two sides arranged in a single shape are called the secondary petal. A large labial petal emerges from the stamen and rolls back from the bottom to the top in the shape of a slipper. The stick heart extends into the slipper. It has rich colors and bright colors. Common varieties include orange-red, fuchsia, bright red and dark brown spots or patches. It is very strange and beautiful, and it is a precious flower among orchids. Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum is suitable for cultivation and ornamental in tropical or south Tropical courtyards. Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum also are potted or used as cut flowers.