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Published In: Prodromus Florae Nepalensis 37. 1825. (Prodr. Fl. Nepal.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: J. RENZ
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-July.
Type: Type: Nepalia, Gosaingsthan, Wallich (BM)!
Distribution: Distribution: Himalaya from Pakistan to Bhutan. and S. E. Tibet.
Comment/Acknowledgements: The flowers of Cypripedium belong to the group of “trap” flowers. An insect as it crawls in, can only escape from the slipper-like labellum through a tunnel near the base of the labellum from where it is directed first to the nearby stigma where possible pollinia from another flower on its back are stripped off and while escaping, sticky pollen from the nearby anthers adhere to its back for the pollination of another flower.
Photo: Cypripedium cordigerum D. Don (Photo)
Illustration: Cypripedium cordigerum D. Don (Illustration)
Map Location: B-7 Kashmir: Muzaffarabad, Stewart s.n. (E); Dungian, Jan Mohammad 7557 (RAW). B-7 Swat: W. of Utrot, Abies-forest, 2600-2800 m, Renz 10.274! (Herb. Renz); E. Nasir & Zaffar Ali 4026 (RAW); Above Bishigram, R.R. Stewart & A. Rahman 24926 (RAW); Hazara Dist: Dungagali, 2900 m, Inayat 20189 (RAW); Changla Gali-Dunga Gali, Webster 5726 (RAW); id. Renz 10586 (RAW; Herb. Renz); Miranjani, ca. 2700 m, R. R. Stewart 28860 (RAW); id., E. Nasir 4 (RAW); Mokhshpuri, 2700 m, Stewart s.n. (RAW); id., M. Irshad 54 (RAW); Kaghan Valley, Kamalban, Inayat s.n. (G); Above Paya to Makra, ± 10300 ft., Y. Nasir & W. Meijer 8894 (RAW); C-8: Kotli, Toonna, Muqarrab Shah 1702 (BM).


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Plants perennial, up to 60 cm tall, often in colonies. Rhizome creeping. Leaves 3-5(-6); suborbicular to elliptic; acute to acuminate, up to 15x10 cm, margins ciliolate with glandular hairs. Inflorescence usually 1-flowered, rarely 2-3-flowered. Bract leaf-like, 6-11 cm long. Sepal pale yellow-green, the dorsal ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, 3-4x 1.2-1.8 cm, the lateral ± fused with 5-15 mm long tips. Petals narrower, 3-4 x 0.6-0.8 cm. Labellum white, outside towards base with some purple spots, slipper-like, up to 3 cm long. Column 12-15 mm long, including the subcordate staminode, which on upper side is yellow with some dark purple spots. Ovary pedicellate, covered with short glandular hairs.
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