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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico (Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca).
Cypripedium molle (Photograph by P.J. Cribb, courtesy of the Swiss Orchid Foundation)

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General Description

A terrestrial herb with clustered erect stems arising from a short subterranean rhizome. Stems 22-60 cm tall, terete, hairy, leafy along length. Leaves plicate, to 18, the lowermost 8 or so sheathing, the others elliptic to lanceolate, 3-13 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, ciliate, hairy on both surfaces. Inflorescence to five-flowered, the flowers appearing singly in succession with rarely up to three open at a time; bracts leaf-like, elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, acute to acuminate, to 10 cm long, 4.5 cm wide, ciliate, hairy on both surtaces. Flowers yellow with red marks on the staminode and on the incurved base of the lip; pedicel and ovary 2.5-3.5 cm long, densely hairy and glandular. Dorsal sepal elliptic, shortly apiculate, 2.9-3.4 cm long, 1.5-1.8 cm wide, ciliate, glandular-pubescent on outer surface. Synsepal similar, elliptic, bifid at apex, 2.5-2.9 cm long, 1.6-1.9 cm wide, ciliate, glandular-pubescent on outer surface. Petals spreading-incurved, 3.2-3.8 cm long, 1.7-2.4 cm wide, ciliate, pubescent on both surfaces. Lip deeply saccate, 2.4-3.4 cm long, 1.7-2.4 cm across, with incurved margins to the broad mouth, densely pubescent in basal part within; side lobes gently rounded. Column 0.6 cm long; stalk glabrous; staminode convex, obovate, shortly apiculate, 0.7-0.9 cm long and wide, ciliate.

Distribution

Mexico (Oaxaca only).

Ecology

In dryish Pinus-Quercus (pine-oak) forest in red clayey soils; 1750-2050 m.

Native to:

Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest

Cypripedium molle Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Cribb, P. [M9], Mexico 57230.000
Cribb, P., Mexico 57233.000
Cribb, P. [M9], Mexico 57237.000
MacHorro, R.J. [RJM691], Mexico 57238.000
Cribb, P. [M2], Mexico 57531.000
Hartweg [517], Mexico K000077973
Hartweg [517], Mexico K000077974
s.coll. [s.n.], Guatemala K000363712
Hartweg, K.T. [517], Oaxaca K000363711 holotype

First published in G.Bentham, Pl. Hartw.: 72 (1840)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org

  • Lindley, J. Original description of Cypripedium molle. (1841).

Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org
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