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  Paphiopedilum exul

 

Thailand

Paphiopedilum exul is the botanical name of a species of terrestrial orchid endemic to Peninsular Thailand. It is rare and nowadays assessed critically endangered due to illegal collection, coastal development, deforestation and habitat destruction.

 

It has long green leaves, with a single flower that grows on a long stem. It is overall orangey-yellow with a brownish shine, apart from the upright dorsal sepal, which is white at the top and speckled with tiny brown spots. Like other members of this group, the lip of the flower is modified into a slipper-shaped pouch.

See also POSTAGE STAMPS (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) and (9).

 

  Paphiopedilum exul