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Slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum species) are among Borneo's most spectacular and instantly recognizable plants. The island has a dozen species, including the sensational Paphiopedilum rothschildianum and P. sanderianum, the petals spreading to 30 cm across in the former and up to a metre long in the latter.
Slipper Orchids of Borneo is a readable account that updates knowledge of the taxonomy, distribution, ecology and biology of these extraordinary plants, and includes superb photographs and paintings. Nearly all of the Bornean species are naturally rare in the wild, and sadly some are now threatened with extinction unless their habitats can be better protected.
The Slipper Orchids 5
The History of Discovery in Borneo 9
Life History 19
The species 31
Are there more Slipper orchids to be found in Borneo? 106
Bibliography and Further Reading 108