Paphiopedilum venustum

Paphiopedilum venustum - Photo by Richard Lindberg

Paphiopedilum venustum grows in the Himalayas above 3000 ft at the base of cliffs and bamboo thickets. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in the spring. The genus Paphiopedilum (Paph) contains 100 species in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. They have no pseudobulb so need moderate shade, good humidity and regular year round watering with good air circulation. They are generally slow growing. Leaves indicate prefered temperature with those that are mottled grow warmer, and the solid green with only one flower grow intermediate to cool.