Paphiopedilum tonsum var. braemii (H. Mohr) Gruss
- Described: H. Mohr in Orchideen, 51(6): 175-176 (1989)
- Transferred: Gruss in Caesiana, 3: 27 (1994)
- Etymology: Named for Dr. Guido J. Braem, a German taxonomist.
- Varieties & Forms: none
- Synonyms: none
- Chromosome Count - unknown
- Leaves: Braem (2003) states that "the mottling of the leaves is quite different," but does not explain how.
- Bloom: differs from the typical variety in having smaller, more green flowers with shorter sepals and petals and a narrower staminode
- Distribution - overlaps that of Paph. tonsum
- Ecology: assumed to be similar to that of Paph. tonsum
- Whether or not this taxon deserves recognition as a valid species is a subject of debate. Braem (2003) considers it to be a good species, whereas Cribb (1998) considers it to be a variety of Paph. tonsum. Until more habitat info is provided, no conclusive decision can be made.
- Braem, Guido J., and Guy Chiron. Paphiopedilum. Saint-Genis Laval, France: Tropicalia, 2003.
- Cribb, Phillip J. The Genus Paphiopedilum. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Natural History Publications in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1998.
- Gruss, O. "Albino Forms of the Slipper Orchids." Orchid Digest 69, no. 4 (Oct/Dec 2005): 204-29.
Primary Hybrids - register as Paph. tonsum
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