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Paphiopedilum concolor

Latin-botanical name for a species of terrestrial orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum, endemic to southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It has bright greyish-green leaves mottled with dark green, that grow up to 15 centimeters long and are about 3.5 centimeters wide. The flower stem is about 10  centimeters long and carries one or two pale yellowish to yellow flowers, each about 7 centimeters wide and with tiny dark brownish spots that spread outward from the centre, whilst decreasing in density and size. The lip of the flower, which is modified into a slipper-shaped pouch, only has a few faint spots at its top, near the opening of the pouch and smaller in size than those on the leaves. In Thailand, this species of orchid is known as rong thao narih leuang prahjihn (รองเท้านารีเหลืองปราจีน). Being terrestrial, it is thrives on shaded and moist tropical forest soil. See also POSTAGE STAMPS.