Another lovely slipper orchid from the Philippines, Paphiopedilum acmodontum is a warm grower, extending to elevations of 1000m. Its name is derived from the unique “point” in the center of its pouch, resembling a tooth. Paphiopedilum acmodontum is a member of the Section Barbata.
This species blooms in late spring, with long-lasting flowers of two months or so. We grow it in our warm room with other mottled leaf Paphs; nighttime lows are about 62F (16C) in winter and daytime highs in the summer reach the mid 80s (29C). Humidity of 50-70% keeps all of the Paphs happy.
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