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Paphiopedilum venustum

Paph venustum

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Cypripedioideae
Tribe: Cypripedioideae
SubTribe: Paphiopedilinae
Genus: Paphiopedilum
Species: Paph. venustum
Binomial name
Paphiopedilum venustum
[Wall. ex Sims] Pfitz. 1888

Paphiopedilum venustum is a species of Paphiopedilum


Plant blooms in the spring with a single 9 cm wide flower.

Paphiopedilum venustum is the first Paphiopedilum identified by European explorers.


Plants are found growing in the jungle on mossy trees, muddy river banks , and cliffs with leaf humus in Assam, Darjeeling, and Sikkim states of India at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters. The area is subjected to heavy rains during the summer and fall, High humidity in the spring and moderate amounts of rain in the winter.


Keep plants in moderate to shady lighting with humidity at 60 to 80% with an cool to intermediate temperatures. Pot in a well drain mix such as medium fir bark and perlite. To induce blooming, reduce watering and lower temperatures during the winter.


Image Name Description
Paphiopedilum venustum 1 Paphiopedilum venustum variant Sepals and petals are red, lip is red
Paphiopedilum venustum Paphiopedilum venustum var album Sepals and petals are green, lip is yellow


Common Names: The Charming Paphiopedilum


  1. Cordula venusta [Wall. ex Sims] Rolfe 1912
  2. *Cypripedium venustum Wall. 1820
  3. Paphiopedilum venustum var. bhutanensis Pradhan 1979
  4. Paphiopedilum venustum var. rubrum Pradhan 1979
  5. Paphiopedilum venustum var. teestaensis Pradhan 1979
  6. Stimegas venustum (Wall. ex Sims) Raf. 1838