Paphiopedilum bellatulum (Rchb. f.) Stein


Paph bellatulum

Paph bellatulum

Paph bellatulum has a distribution from Malaysia to Thailand.  Its flowers have the bold spots and wide petals which is used for hybridizing.  It also carries a short weak stem which causes the flowers to almost lay upon the foliage.  This is carried onto the progeny.  There are several different color forms including an album (pictured below), rosea (pink spots), and a "red fusion" type which has a dark brushing of red between the spots.

The plants are can be very difficult to grow.  They like good water.  These seem to do best in a open mix with good drainage. 

Paphiopedilum bellatulum album

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