Paphiopedilum Leeanum is the primary hybrid of Paphiopedilum insigne and Paphiopedilum spicerianum. As you can see from the flowers, Paphiopedilum insigne is much more dominant as a parent. The foliage is also much thicker and broader than any Paphiopedilum spicerianum that I’ve seen or grown (see second photo). When we first received our Paphiopedilum Leeanum, I would have described the leaves as thick enough to have a succulent-like quality. However, that appears in part due to culture — it was grown outdoors year-round in Santa Barbara, California. Growing indoors with us, the leaves are much larger now, but not as thick.
As noted above, this is a temperature-tolerant Paphiopedilum, and a hardy grower. I do not have many detailed comments about it– it grows steadily and easily in our southeastern window, potted in fine Orchiata bark, without any fuss!
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