Paphiopedilum appletonianum (Species)
A small to medium-sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophytic or occasional humus epiphyte herb occurring in silicate soils, leaf mould and on mossy rocks below trees with deep shade in lowland evergreen forests and primary highland cloud forests at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters with 6 to 8, narrowly elliptic to oblong-elliptic, subacute to obtuse at the tridenticulate apex, mottled pale and darker green leaves found in China, southern Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia that blooms in the winter and spring with 1 or 2 flowers per, erect, terminal, to 8" to 1 1/2' [20 to 50 cm] long, purple-brown, shortly pubescent inflorescence with green lanceolate, acute, ciliate floral bracts.
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