The Charming Lady Slipper

An intimidating Latin name, Paphiopedilum venustum, threatens to distract from this beautiful Paph. Fortunately, that translates to the very pronounceable “Charming Lady Slipper.” The Latin for “Stunning Lady Slipper” might fit better, but perhaps that name was already taken. Indeed, “charming” seems an understatement for this wonderful species from the southern slopes of the Himalayas. It grows in the shade of dense bamboo jungles in northeastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Paphiopedilum venustum flower and mottled leavesPaph venustumClose up of flower lip, Paph venustum

Besides the name Charming Lady Slipper, it’s also known as the Snakeskin Orchid. That’s not inspired by the fascinating veins on the flower pouch, but by the blue and green patterning on the leaves. In the wild, it grows as a terrestrial, and enjoys the monsoon rains, which have just started in southern India. In cultivation, this orchid requires daily watering, and can handle cooler temps during winter dormancy. Several color variations exist. Along with yellow color forms, many have red and maroon hues.

Flowers and variegated leaves of Paph venustumPaph venustum flowerPaph venustum flower with red coloration

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6 Comments on “The Charming Lady Slipper”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Wow — what an amazing Paph! I love the veiny pouch. It makes me think of a Venus Flytrap for some reason.

  2. SD Megan Says:

    I love the close-up of the pouch. Thank you!!

  3. nancy Says:

    Great coloration with the dark green veins running thru. It looks like a brain. I like the mottled leaves also. Thanks for the pics!

  4. pianogal Says:

    Gorgeous flowers!!! thanks, I really enjoyed reading your blog and your photos.

  5. orchid guy Says:

    Hi, cute flowers, please post more pics.

  6. Ankita1801 Says:

    Im glad that I found it, Nice photos, Very well post here.