Colorful form of Paphiopedilum primulum, with rosy pink pouch and golden dorsal, is a notable contrast to the easily recognizable flavum form. Paphiopedilum primulum is endemic to Sumatra, a warm growing species found at 400-1000m of elevation. Interestingly, the “type” form of the species is the flavum form, which was discovered first. The flavum form is more common in cultivation as well, but many plants labeled as the species are actually hybrids.
Paphiopedilum primulum is a sequential bloomer, with one or two flowers opening at a time. In the image below, you can see the next buds further on the flower spike, below the mature bud. This species can stay in bloom for many months, and even years. These images are the first bloom of a seedling.
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