Paphiopedilum esquirolei

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, China, Thailand, Vietnam

Paphiopedilum esquirolei is an lithophytic, epiphytic, and terrestrial orchid species that originates from Vietnam, China, and Thailand.

Paphiopedilum esquirolei can be grown in a pot filled with an open, free draining, speciality orchid compost comprised of a mix of bark pieces, charcoal, and coconut husk.

Paphiopedilum esquirolei is often confused with Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum – of these two orchid species, Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum produces smaller flowers.  Plants that are the true Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum species produce flowers with ovaries which are coated in a greater covering of hair over the flower’s ovary.  Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum flowers are smaller in size and this orchid species’ flowers are held on shorter flowering stems than those produced by plants of Paphiopedilum esquirolei.

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