Paphiopedilum henryanum

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, China, Vietnam

Paphiopedilum henryanum is a rare lithophytic and terrestrial orchid species that originates from China and Vietnam.  In the wild, these orchids grow on cliffs and in inaccessible areas.  Paphiopedilum henryanum plants can be found growing on limestone rocks and in open, free draining soils.

Paphiopedilum henryanum was discovered in the 1980s.  As is so often the case, I am sorry to say that Paphiopedilum henryanum is now a critically endangered orchid species.  The colonies of plants that are growing in the wild have been harmed and depleted by illegal orchid collectors.  Sadly, Paphiopedilum henryanum plants are also threatened by the effects of human expansion.  Human activity has caused direct harm and damage to this rare orchid’s natural environment; the consequences of which has degraded the orchids’ habitat and further endangered Paphiopedilum henryanum.

Paphiopedilum henryanum is named after Henry Azadehdel, an orchid collector.

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