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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Nepal to NE. Bangladesh and S. Tibet.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[C-EM]
Distribution

North-east India (Meghalaya), north-east Bangladesh, Sikkim and Bhutan, possibly in eastern Nepal; 60–1350 m altitude.

General Description

A terrestrial herb. Leaves 4–5, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, tricuspidate at obtuse apex, 10–25 cm long, 3–5.5 cm wide, rough to touch, tessellated dark green and grey-green, densely purplespotted below, ciliate towards base. Inflorescence 1- (rarely 2-) flowered; peduncle 10–23 cm long, purple, shortly hirsute; bract elliptic-lanceolate, acute, 1.7–2.5 cm, sparsely pubescent. Flower 8–9 across; sepals white with green veins; petals white with green veins, purple-flushed in apical half, with a few large maroon-black warts; lip yellow, tinged purple, with green veins; pedicel and ovary 4–5.9 cm long, shortly pubescent, green, spotted with purple on ribs. Dorsal sepal ovate, acute, 3–3.8 cm long, 2.3–2.8 cm wide, hirsute on outer surface. Synsepal similar but 2.4–3 cm long, 1.4–1.7 cm wide. Petals recurved, oblanceolate, subacute to obtuse, 4.3–5.4 cm long, 1.2–1.4 cm wide, ciliate. Lip 3.3–4.3 cm long, 2.5–3.2 cm wide, side-lobes verrucose. Staminode reniform, 7–9 mm long, 10–11 mm wide, minutely pubescent; lateral apical teeth short, blunt. 2n = 40–42.

Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, East Himalaya, Nepal, Tibet

Paphiopedilum venustum (Wall. ex Sims) Pfitzer appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 4, 1984 Hooker, J.D. [314], India K000363754
Jan 4, 1984 Griffith [1125], India K000363755
19541.000
19543.000
20001.000
20022.000
47844.000
Silva, F.de [7023], Assam K000363777
De Silva, F. [Cat. no. 7023], Bangladesh Cypripedium venustum K000639685

First published in Jahrb. Wiss. Bot. 19: 165 (1888)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Khanam, M. & al. (2001). Our present knowledge on the Terrestrial Orchidaceae Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy 8(2): 35-49.
  • Koopowitz, H. (2012). An updated, annotated checklist of the genus Paphiopedilum Orchid Digest 76: 178-215.
  • Lucksom, S.Z. (2007). The orchids of Sikkim and North East Himalaya: 1-984. S.Z.Lucksom, India.
  • Manilal, K.S. & Kumar, C.S. (eds.) (2004). Orchid Memories A tribute to Gunnar Seidenfaden: 1-265. Mentor Books, Calicut.
  • Wu, Z. & Hong, D. (eds.) (2009). Flora of China 25: 1-570. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Khanam, M. & al. (2001). Our present knowledge on the Terrestrial Orchidaceae Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy 8(2): 35-49.
  • Wu, Z. & Hong, D. (eds.) (2009). Flora of China 25: 1-570. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org

  • Sims, J. Original description of Paphiopedilum venustum. 19, (1888).

Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org
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