Paphiopedilum appletonianum

Paphiopedilum appletonianum

This is a really nice Paphiopedilum species, personally one of my favorites. I love the color combination, the super long flower spikes and the gorgeous mottled leaves. It is a strong grower in my collection, it has nearly crawled out of its pot and this year it produced two flowers that opened within days of one another. Paphiopedilum appletonianum is a medium sized, warm to cool growing species that can grow either as a terrestrial, lithophyte and occasional epiphyte. that grows at elevations from 700 – 2000 meters across Southeast Asia. I grow mine in a mixture of medium bark and volcanic rocks, medium bright and intermediate temperatures. The flowers on my clone measure about 7 cm wide and are a little droopy in appearance with narrow petals. I have seen photos of other clones with larger flowers and larger and more spread open petals. Even though I love my plant, if I see one of those I will probably get it as well as I think aesthetically it is a better looking flower. I have been a bit on a slipper kick lately… I have several new plants on order. More on that later.

Paphiopedilum appletonianum (Gower) Rolfe, Orchid Rev. 4: 364 (1896).

By | 2017-10-13T11:25:39+02:00 February 3rd, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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Karma is a digital nomad graphic artist and writer, orchid nerd and long-distance hiker from Gothenburg, Sweden. Former editor-in-chief for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine, published internationally and held lectures on orchid culture.


  1. Sergio Oyama Junior February 21, 2013 at 05:11 - Reply

    Hi Karma! I’m a big fan of your orchid photographs. This one is just wonderful. Paphiopedilum species and hybrids are among my favorite orchids. Unfortunately, I can’t grow them properly. My dream is to build a vivarium like yours. Congratulations for this beautiful blog! All the best!

    • Karma February 21, 2013 at 10:06 - Reply

      Thank you Sergio! Very nice to hear that you like my blog. I love Paphiopedilum too, and happily I grow them very well in my intermediate room, even warm to cool growing species. Good luck with your orchids!

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