Slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum vietnamense)
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Species: Paphiopedilum vietnamense
Common Name: Slipper orchid
Status: CITES Appendix I
Artist: Carol Woodin
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Watercolor on vellum
From a very small area of Vietnam, this orchid was discovered in 1997 and was quickly overcollected. Although on the verge of extinction in the wild, it has been grown from seed by the Plant Rescue Center at the U. S. Botanic Garden, and is now available in cultivation.