Paphiopedilum micranthum

Paph. micranthum

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Cypripedioideae
Tribe: Cypripedioideae
SubTribe: Paphiopedilinae
Genus: Paphiopedilum
Species: Paph. micranthum
Binomial name
Paphiopedilum micranthum
Tang & Wang 1951

Paphiopedilum micranthum is a species of Paphiopedilum found in Asia.


Plant blooms in the late winter to early summer with a single 10 cm wide flower.


Plants are found growing on cliffs and crevices, which contain a mixture of leaf litter, limestone, and clay in Northern Vietnam and Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou provinces of China at elevations of 360 to 1600 meters. In the winter the area is subjected to drizzle and fog. During late spring to fall there is heavy rain in the area.


Plant should be kept in a moderately shaded area. Temperatures should be kept around 30° to to 88°F. Keep mix moist but not wet. Water once a week and two times a week in hot summers. Keep the humidity around 40 to 80%. Pot in a mix of medium bark and perlite and repot after flowering and about every three years. To induce blooming keep plant cool in the winter.


Paphiopedilum micranthum album Paphiopedilum micranthum var. album Sepals and petals are green. Lip is white.
Paphiopedilum micranthum Paphiopedilum micranthum var. guangxii Sepals and petals have red veins. Lip is white.
Paphiopedilum micranthum eburneum Paphiopedilum micranthum var. eburneum Sepals and petals are small and yellow. Lip is white.


Common Names: The Tiny Flowered Paphiopedilum


  1. Paphiopedilum globulosum Liu& Chien 2002
  2. Paphiopedilum micranthum f. alboflavum (Braem) Braem 1998
  3. Paphiopedilum micranthum f. glanzeanum (O.Gruss & Roeth) O.Gruss & Roeth 1999
  4. Paphiopedilum micranthum subsp. eburneum Fowlie 1993
  5. Paphiopedilum micranthum var. alboflavum Braem 1994
  6. Paphiopedilum micranthum var. glanzeanum O.Gruss & Roeth 1994
  7. Paphiopedilum micranthum var. oblatum Z.J.Liu & J.Yong Zhang 2002


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