Cypripedium pulchrum is an orchid species identified by Ames & Schltr. in 1919. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Cypripedium franchetii.
ORIGIN: Found in the Sichuan and Hupeh provinces of China in damp- humus rich and well drained locations on thinly wooded to scrubby slopes at elevations of 1500 to 3700 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, densely villose stem carrying 3 to 5, sparsely pubescent, subelliptic to ovate-elliptic leaves and a pubescent ovary that blooms in the spring to early summer on a terminal, densely villose, single flowered, 12 [30 cm] tall inflorescence with a leaf-like bract.
FLOWER SIZE: 4.8 inches [12 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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