Paphiopedilum lowii

Paphiopedilum lowii 

Paphiopedilum lowii                                                                                                                                                        photo C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by (Lindley)  Stein, Berthold
  published in      Orchideenbuch  476    1892
  family Orchidaceae 
  subfamily Cypripedioideae
  tribe --
  subtribe --
  genus Paphiopedilum  Pfitzer 1886
  section Pardolopetalum  (Hallier & Pfitzer)  Atwood 1984
  chromosomes   2n = 26
  metabolism  CAM pathway, stomata of the leaves are open at night. 
    (K.Silvera, L.S. Santiago, J.C. Cushman, K. Winter - International Symposium on Plant Biology, August 2013)
    it is useful give the soluble mineal nutriens, on the roots.
native of origins

forests, near water courses in Malaysia (Borneo, Sarawak), Indonesia (Celebes, Sumatra, Java)


400 - 1400 m  (1320 - 4620 ft)


climate informations from Kabanjaha (Sumatra, Indonesia) 

    Köppen climate classification : Af, humid tropical climate of the rainforest
    (without a winter season, more and abundant rainfall)
    the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 900 m / 2970 ft) :
    Paphiopedilum lowii b gr uk

in Kabanjaha this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 12 h 12 m' to 11 h 48 m'

  life form

epiphyte or geophyte, on limestone rocks covered with moss or on large trees covered by moss 


bloom induction with a brifly rest   (Lance A. Birk)


sunny, with a few hours in the sun every day



inflorescence     length

40 cm (16"), from the base of the leaves 

  nr flowers

4 - 6 one at a time


single flower   7 L 11 cm  (2.8" L 4.4")


single flower, ≈ 50 - inflorescence, ≈ 150 - 160 days


to bloom from birth, ≈ 40 days  



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