Species of the Month – January 2017
Paphiopedilum villosum (Lindl.) Pfitzer
Paphiopedilum villosum (Lindl.) Pfitzer 1895 SUBGENUS Paphiopedilum SECTION Paphiopedilum Karasawa & Saito 1982
Named after villous meaning having soft and untangled hair; Inflorescence has soft hair present on it.
This is a large sized intermediate to cool growing species. Found growing on humus and sometimes in epiphytic conditions. This species of Paphiopedilum is found distributed from North East India to Laos.
Fairly easy to grow and bloom species. Grow in moderate shade. Can be potted in fast draining media. Does well in a bark mix. Forms a large clump within a short period time.
Most of the Paphiopedilum genus requires very less fertilizer compared to other orchids and does well with a lower TDS water.
Article and Photos by: Mr. Sriram Kumar