Most Paphiopedilums are lithophytes (plants that grow on rocks) found mostly on limestone cliffs or in humus enriched forest floors. Virtually all species require shade of a forest canopy. Most species temporarily trap their pollinator in their pouch-like lip and none are known to offer any reward. Insects are lured in by the smell of nectar. Numerous species attract flies or bees with odors that range from foul to pleasant depending on the type of pollinator.
Common Name | Lady Slipper Orchid, Venus Slipper
Family Name | Orchidaceae
Native to | Southeast Asia, India, China, New Guinea, Solomon and Bismark Islands