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Paphiopedilum emersonii

Paphiopedilum emersonii.jpg

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Cypripedioideae
Tribe: Cypripedioideae
SubTribe: Paphiopedilinae
Genus: Paphiopedilum
Species: Paph. emersonii
Binomial name
Paphiopedilum emersonii
Koopowitz & Cribb 1986

Paphiopedilum emersonii was named after an American Orchid enthusiast Emerson 'Doc' Charles.


The plant blooms from late spring to early summer with one to two 10 cm wide flowers per an infloresensce. The plant size is small when compared to other Paphiopedilums. Flowers are fragrant.


Paphiopedilum emersonii is found in Northern Vietnam and the Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guangdong provinces of China. It is found in rocks, sandstone, and clay on mossy cliffs in elevations of 460 to 750 meters. The area is subjected to dryness from late fall to spring with slight fog and drizzle. In the summer, there they are subjected to heavy rain.


Keep plant in a moderately bright area with cool to intermediate temperatures from 45F to 90F. To induce blooming reduce watering for 3 to 4 weeks during the winter. Keep humidity at 60 to 80%. The plant is easy to flower. Pot in a mix of bark, perlite, and charcoal. Variations including coconut husk chips are also used.


Image Name Description
Paphiopedilum emersonii album.jpg Paphiopedilum emersonii album Flower has white petals and sepals, light yellow lip, and yellow colums


Common Names: Emerson's Paphiopedilum


  1. Paphiopedilum emersonii f. album O.Gruss & Petchl. 2002
  2. Paphiopedilum emersonii f. luteum Braem 2001
  3. Paphiopedilum emersonii var huonglanae [Tich] Tich 1998
  4. Paphiopedilum huonglanae Tich 1998