Common name for
a species of terrestrial
orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum,
with the Latin-botanical
designation Paphiopedilum bellatulum. It is
endemic to southern
as well as parts of central China,
It thrives in shady spots, in limestone crevices at
altitudes between 300 and 1600
meters, or on moist, mossy covered limestone rocks. It
has bright greyish-green leaves
mottled with dark green above and purple spotted below. The
flowers are white spotted with
dark purple dots. The lip of
the flower is modified into a
slipper-like, egg-shaped pouch, also covered in
purple spots, yet much smaller in size
than those on the petals, and resembling a spotted bird's egg.
In Thailand, this species of orchid is known as rong thao narih
fah hoi (รองเท้านารีฝาหอย).
See also POSTAGE STAMPS.