Paphiopedilum fairrieanum

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Bhutan, Himalayas, India

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum is a terrestrial, lithophytic, and epiphytic orchid species that is often found growing upon rocks.  Plants can also be found growing in gravel and leaf litter, alongside, and in amongst grasses, in India.

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum is a beautiful but now rare and critically endangered orchid species.  These special plants have become increasingly threatened in their native environment, due to over collection in the wild, by collectors who sell Paphiopedilum plants to the horticultural trade.  Paphiopedilum fairrieanum has also been harmed by the effects of human expansion and activity, which has seriously damaged both the wild plants of this orchid species and their natural habitat.  As a consequence, there are now only a small number of Paphiopedilum fairrieanum plants that currently survive in the wild.  I fear for the future of this plant, unless action is taken swiftly.

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum grows to a maximum height of about 25-30cm (10-12 inches) tall.  Each year, new growth radiates out of each Paphiopedilum fairrieanum plant, forming clumps, as the plants grow and mature.

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum requires cool to intermediate growing conditions, with cooler temperatures and drier growing conditions experienced during the winter time.

You can see my Paphiopedilum fairrieanum specimen and follow how this plant grows and flowers, from April 2018 to March 2019, here in this update.

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