NO. 77  Paphiopedilum dodyanum 
                  by William Cavestro  180107
Paphiopedilum dodyanum Cavestro, sp. nov. This species is similar to Paphiopedilum liemianum (Fowlie) Karas. & Saito but differs by the mottled leaves, a dorsal sepal green spotted with brown, an ovate-rhombic staminode.
This new species was described in ' The Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia Nomenclature Note ' April 2017 by Dr. William Cavestro.
A lithophytic herb of one or two growths and more. Leaves 4 to 6, narrowly oblong to oblongelliptic, obtuse at apex, 22 to 30 cm long and 2.5 to 4 cm wide, green and dark green mottled above and heavily spotted in rows beneath, ciliate along the margins. Inflorescence successively single, many flowered; peduncle 15 to 18 cm, purple and finely pubescent; bracts elliptic, obtuse, 1 to 1.5 cm long, green spotted with purple. Flowers 8 to 10 cm across; dorsal sepal light green and maroon spotted at base and in the middle; synsepal light green and brown spotted; petals white and purple blotched from the base to apical part; lateral lobes of labellum white to pale yellow and finely spotted light brown; middle lobe pink-purple with a pale yellow margin; staminode green flushed dark brown at base. Dorsal sepal broadly ovate, obtuse, margins slightly undulate and ciliate, 2.7-3.5 cm long and 2.2-4.3 wide. Synsepal elliptic, truncate, 2.8 to 3 cm long and 2.2 to 2.4 cm wide. Petals more or less horizontal, linear, obtuse, undulate, twisted in apical half, ciliate, 4 to 5.2 long and 0.6 to 1.2 cm wide. Labellum bulbously inflated towards apex, 4 to 5.2 long and 2.2 to 2.8 cm wide; side-lobes incurved and warty. Staminode convex, ovate- rhombic, obtuse, 11 mm long and 10 mm wide.
Drawing by Claudine Gilquin
Photos by David Ng

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