a species of terrestrial
orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum,
endemic to Isaan, especially in found in
Being terrestrial, it
thrives on shaded and moist
upper riverine slopes in
tropical hilly country, growing in pockets of
sandy, humus-rich loam. It has bright greyish-green
leaves mottled with dark green and bears a single flower on a tall stem. The
showy flower displays wide, flat petals held horizontally, that are heavily
speckled purplish-brown. The upright dorsal sepal has a creamy white background
with green stripes, whilst the somewhat pointed pouch is reddish-brown above,
fading to light green below.
In Thailand, this species of orchid is known as rong thao narih
pihk malaeng po (รองเท้านารีปีกแมลงปอ), i.e. ‘dragonfly-wings lady slippers
See also POSTAGE STAMPS.