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Paphiopedilum delenatii

Paph delenatii.jpg

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Cypripedioideae
Tribe: Cypripedioideae
SubTribe: Paphiopedilinae
Genus: Paphiopedilum
Species: Paph. delenatii
Binomial name
Paphiopedilum delenatii
Guillaumin 1924

Paphiopedilum delenatii is a species of Paphiopedilum found in Vietnam.


The plant blooms in the spring time with one to two flowers per an inflorence. Flowers are fragrant.

The plant was first found 1922 in southern Vietnam by Poilane, a French collector who collected several plants. The plant was difficult to cultivate so all but one died. The single plant was selfed by Maurice and Marcel Lecoufle and became the origin of every Paph. delenatii in cultivation until the species was rediscovered in the early 1990 near Nha Trang in southern Vietnam.


Paphiopedilum delenatii is found in Southern Vietnam at elevations of 600 to 900 meters. Plants are found growing in granite pebbles and mossy tree trunks, usually near water in a shady area. The area is subjected to fog from fall to winter and heavy rain in the summer.


Keep plants moderately lighted or partially shaded with humidity at 60 to 85% with an intermediate night temperatures of 58F to 62F and day temperatures of 75F to 83F. To induce blooming, with hold watering and maintain a cool temperature, ie. 55F during winter nights and expose plant to 9-12 hours of good lighting every day in the winter. plant grow well in bright light; however to get more indeph flower color grow in shade.


Image Name Description
Paph. delenati album.jpg Paphiopedilum delenatii var. album Flower has white petals and sepals, white lip, and yellow colums
Paph. delenati vinicolor.jpg Paphiopedilum delenatii var. vinicolor Flower has white petals and sepals, dark red lip, and yellow colums


Paphiopedilum delenatii is named after Delanat, a French orchid enthusiast of the 1900's.

Common Names: Delanat's Paphiopedilum


  1. Cypripedium delenatii [Guillame] Curtis 1933
  2. Paphiopedilum delenatii f. albinum Braem 1998


PDF icon.pngEmbryo development in ladys slipper orchid, Paphiopedilum delenatii, with emphesis on the ultra structure of suspensor